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Food for Thought food pantry

As we experience major changes at Metropolitan State University regarding COVID-19, the Food for Thought Food Pantry, Metropolitan State University, and our community partner, Good in the Hood are committed to being responsive to the needs of our students.

Food Pick-Up Appointments

The Metropolitan State University Food for Thought Food Pantry made the difficult decision to temporarily close during this time. We are committed to providing a safe process for our staff and students and to ensure that students will still have access to food during this time. Students that need food help can schedule an emergency food pick-up at our Saint Paul University Library.

Please schedule an appointment to pick up food here:

The food bags offered through the library weigh 10-15 pounds and contain non-perishable food items including pasta/noodles, canned fruits and vegetables, canned soup, peanut butter, dried fruit/nuts, tomato sauce, and canned meat (chicken/beef).

To minimize the safety and health risk to staff and students we ask that appointments be scheduled before picking up food.

During this time, you may want to seek out food pantries in your area for additional support. Locate a nearby food pantry at

Metropolitan State University students that would like additional food resources available in their communities can contact us for more information. We can be reached at 651-793-1571 or email us at

Become a Member

Register to be a member today! Members gain access to information and are notified of helpful resources and events on and off campus. To become a member:

Grievance policy

Our civil rights goal is to treat everyone with fairness and equality while receiving food at the food shelf. Discrimination is prohibited on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, and disability in special nutrition programs funded by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service.

This commitment is separate from both the University's student complaints and grievance policy (#3030) and the grievance policy of our partner, Good in the ’Hood. The purpose of this commitment is to provide a fair, effective, and efficient mechanism that solves any conflict at the food pantry. A clear and comprehensive effort will be applied in order to solve the issue.

The following guidelines will help the staff or volunteer to handle the situation as calmly as possible and collect the following data:

  • the reason for the complaint
  • the name of the complainant
  • the name of the staff involved
  • the name of the person to whom the complaint is made
  • the date and time of the incident
  • person(s) involved during the complaint