Frequent Asked Questions


What is a food pantry?

A food pantry is

  • a service that provides food and related resources like personal care products to those who cannot afford to buy these thing
  • place where donations can be collected and distributed to those who cannot afford to purchase the
  • place to ask for help getting food for yourself, your family, or your friends


What is a food pantry NOT?

A food pantry is not a

  • free grocery store
  • cafeteria, or a place to pick up food for free as you go from class to class
  • long term solution to hunger/financial/food insecurities


Who can use the Pantry?

Anyone who is experiencing food insecurity is welcome to use the Pantry.


Where is the Pantry?

The Pantry is located on campus on the ground level of the Hamar House, Center for Diversity and Inclusion.


What are the Pantry hours?

The Pantry is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4–6 p.m. when Michigan Tech is in session.


What should I expect when I visit the Pantry?

We do our best to make your visit confidential. Expect to swipe your Michigan Tech ID, but know that we won’t collect any data that ties your name or M number to your visit. We only collect general demographic information (age/sex/year in school) and time of use to help us understand and better serve the community. Bags are available for you to use as you select food and supplies to take home. If you have questions about the process, please email us at


How can I request meal swipes?

Meal swipes can be requested through this form. To provide relief to as many students as possible, students may request up to 5 guest meal swipes per week, with a limit of 25 guest meal swipes per semester. Only one swipe may be used per day. Meals that have been added to you card will expire after two weeks of not being used.


What if I am in desperate need of food?

If you are in immediate need of food, stop by Public Safety at 206 MacInnes Drive, where on-duty staff can provide you with an emergency meal packet. Public Safety is open 24/7. All requests for emergency meal packets are private. Your identity will remain anonymous.


How can I donate?

Learn about making a food, monetary, or time donation here.


What is Husky FAN?

Find out who we are and how you can help us in our mission to combat food insecurity here.


How can I contact Husky FAN?

Email us at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.