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U Mobile Pantry

Free, mobile food shelf for UMN students + families on the second Thursday of every month, located in CTC's north/seasonal parking lot.

In addition to Nutritious U Food Pantry, the University of Minnesota is partnering with Keystone Services to host a mobile food shelf on the St. Paul campus at the Commonwealth Terrace Co-op! The mobile food shelf will be available to any University of Minnesota student and their families, as well as available to the public.

Free Grocery Items

Receive a variety of fresh produce, meat and dairy products, household items, and canned goods for free. Please bring your own reusable bags to the mobile food shelf if you can. 

Upcoming Dates - Mobile Pantry at CTC:       

Occurs monthly on the second Thursday from 12:00-2:00 PM (or until supplies last)     

Where

CTC's North/Seasonal Parking Lot,* near Commonwealth Avenue and Ward 1


Cleveland Ave Road Construction

Cleveland Avenue will be closed between Como and Buford avenues from late May through fall 2022. For details and updates, visit Ramsey County's website.

*During the Cleveland Avenue closure, vehicles can continue to enter CTC's North/Seasonal Parking Lot on Commonwealth Ave from the east, exiting CTC via the Fifield Ave North entrance or using the MN State Fair Grounds.

Cleveland Avenue Road Construction 2022


Additional Mobile Pantry Info

This is a partnership with the Nutritious U Food Pantry. The mobile food shelf is a service provided by a local food pantry, Keystone Services. So they are providing the food and funding the program. Nutritious U is coordinating the activity, advertising to food insecure students, volunteering to help distribute the food, and helping the program run smoothly. The event will be available for the public - nobody would be turned away or asked to prove that they are students or anything.

Because the University is partnering with an outside organization, there will be an intake form that the student will be asked to complete during their first visit specifically for reporting purposes, such as asking about their income and residence in Minnesota (even if you are international or have a permanent address elsewhere, if you are living in Minnesota at the time they visit the pantry, that counts as residence) and basic demographics. This is totally optional -- students will have the option to not respond if they don't want to share that information. This information is collected so that Keystone can track how many people they are serving and for funding purposes.