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Big Orange Pantry

The Big Orange Pantry provides emergency food assistance for students, faculty, and staff attending or employed by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Food insecurity and meeting the basic needs of college students have emerged as a critical concern at public higher education campuses across the nation. Studies show that food-secure students typically perform better academically when compared to their food-insecure counterparts. 

The Big Orange Pantry opened in the fall of 2020 to help meet the increase in short-term meal assistance program demand and basic needs assistance requests.

How it works:

Big Orange Pantry allows people seeking food assistance to choose for themselves what products they receive. To register as a client and order food, new clients just need to: 

  1. Fill out an application (first-time users only) 
  2. Complete the online order form 
  3. The BOP staff will reach out and confirm the pick-up time

Winter Break Hours

Friday, January 8 3-5 PM

Tuesday, January 12 3-5 PM

Friday, January 15 3-5 PM

*Spring hours begin Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Spring 2021 Hours*

Monday 2-5 PM

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 2-5 PM

Thursday 2-6 PM

Friday 2-5 PM


Big Orange Pantry
821 Volunteer Blvd
Greve Hall
Ground Floor, Room G006

Frequently asked questions 

A growing concern in public higher education relates to meeting students’ basic needs, including food and housing insecurities. A recent study found that one in three students in the southeastern and Appalachian regions are food-insecure, which is higher than the national average. Affirming this data, the Office of the Dean of Students has observed an increase in students accessing the Big Orange Meal Share program, a short-term meal assistance program that provides students with guest meal cards. Case managers within the office also report an increase in basic needs requests. This context is important, as food-secure students typically perform better academically when compared to food-insecure counterparts. Therefore, this growing problem has also become a student success issue. While the university has begun to address basic needs through the Big Orange Meal Share Program, the Hunger and Homelessness Summit, the End Hunger FEED Change Initiative, Swipe Out Hunger and the Student Basic Needs Coalition, we must address this matter through more sustainable, coordinated solutions. Responding to the growing needs related to food insecurity, the Division of Student Life and Office of the Dean of Students proposed the creation of Big Orange Pantry, an on-campus food pantry.


The mission of the Big Orange Pantry is to provide emergency food assistance for students, faculty, and staff attending or employed by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

All current UT students, faculty, and staff can use the pantry.

You can visit the pantry during our weekly hours or by private appointment. If you need a private appointment, please email

Users must complete a Big Orange Pantry first-time user application.

Due to COVID-19 and the increased need for social distancing, the Big Orange Pantry plans to use the client choice model. Use the Big Orange Pantry Online Ordering Form and our team will reach out with your pick-up time.

Users can visit once per week.

We will list weekly volunteer opportunities via the Jones Center for Leadership and Service Sign Up to Serve site. All volunteers must attend the volunteer training before volunteering. Trainings are held every Tuesday. Volunteers must complete and submit the following waiver following the training.

For classroom or student organizations, contact to set up a time. Please note, because of social distancing and needs, we recommend contacting us several weeks prior to your desired date.

Due to changing needs, we ask that you email to confirm up-to-date needs. We will begin accepting donations in January 2020. We appreciate your support in advance!

If you are concerned about yourself or another Volunteer, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students (865) 974-3179 or