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Big Orange Pantry

Big Orange Pantry

The Big Orange Pantry provides a variety of non-perishable and fresh foods, hygiene products, and other essential items supporting basic needs. The Pantry is available to all current students, faculty, and staff at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

The Big Orange Pantry is co-located with Smokey’s Closet in the Center for Basic Needs, Student Union Room 376C. 


Shopping at the Big Orange Pantry

We’re passionate about providing a positive shopping experience at the Big Orange Pantry! There are no requirements (other than being a student, faculty, or staff member) or applications necessary before shopping with us. 

Our Pantry operates just like a grocery store – great music and everything! When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by one of our volunteers. Grab a grocery basket and start shopping. Please note any categorical limits as you shop (e.g., Eggs, 1 dozen per person). Once you’re finished shopping, visit one of our bagging stations where a volunteer will gladly help you pack your items and check out. We highly recommend bringing reusable bags but will have recycled bags available for use. 

That’s it! If you’re a first-time shopper, don’t hesitate to let us know and we will gladly show you around during your first visit. 



Big Orange Pantry and Smokey’s Closet
1502 Cumberland Avenue
Student Union
Suite 376C

Current Hours for Fall 2023:

Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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