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No Student Should Go Hungry!

Maybe you had to pay for an expensive repair to your car...

 or maybe you got sick and missed several shifts at work...

or maybe your rent just jumped up.

Whatever the reason, funds are low and you don't know what you are going to do for food.

At USF, we understand that life happens. While financial difficulties may present challenges for students, access to food should never be one of them...ever!

Unfortunately, 1 in 3 students are worried about how they will afford their next meal, according to national studies and campus research.

That's why each USF campus has a food pantry to provide groceries and hygiene products to any student who needs it, confidentially and regardless of their situation or frequency.  

You don't have to skip meals, eat inadequate portions or poor quality foods. Use the links below to access the resources USF (and our community) offers to alleviate student hunger.

Food Pantries

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St. Petersburg campus
Order online and pick up in the new suite, SLC 1300A, in the Student Life Center; access the pantry from inside the building or via their exterior door.

SM building

Sarasota-Manatee campus 
Order online and arrange delivery on campus.

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Tampa campus 
Order online or visit the temporary location in SVC0040 in the Student Services Bldg. basement (enter building next to Admissions and take hallway to elevator lobby; then ake elevator/stairs to basement).

Background Info

What is 'food insecurity'?

Food insecurity is defined as “not having reliable access to food because of your financial situation.” It’s evaluated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with questions like: 

  • Were you very hungry but didn’t eat because there wasn’t enough money for food?
  • Did you ever eat less than you felt you should because there wasn’t enough money for food?
  • Have you ever worried whether your food would run out before you got money to buy more? 

How common is food insecurity?
National research, including that conducted by the Temple University Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, indicates that 29% of four-year college students are food insecure (39% of two-year college students) – meaning virtually 1 in 3 students nationally are food insecure.  

Our own research into this issue reveals that these statistics hold true on USF's campuses.

additional Campus support resources

Consider contacting these campus resource offices for guidance when you (or your friend) is exeriencing food insecurity – they can help.

Community Resources

Florida Food Assistance Program

St. Petersburg Area:

Sarasota-Manatee Area:

Tampa Area: