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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. BOP orders are filled within 24 hours of submission. Please refer to the next open hours below and your order will be ready for you. No appointment needed!


Spring 2021 Hours

Monday 2-5 PM

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 2-5 PM

Thursday 2-6 PM

Friday 2-5 PM

Contact

Big Orange Pantry
821 Volunteer Blvd
Greve Hall
Ground Floor, Room G006
Email: bigorangepantry@utk.edu


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.

Mission:

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 bigorangepantry@utk.edu.

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.  BOP orders are filled within 24 hours of submission. Please refer to the next open hours and your order will be ready for you. No appointment needed!

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 volunteer waiver following the training.

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

We will begin accepting donations in January 2021. Please email bigorangepantry@utk.edu to learn more. 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 dos@utk.edu.