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Helping U Out on Campus

Updated: Jan 29, 2023

A list of food resources provided by the University of Minnesota for students.


Grocery shopping as a college student can feel more like a daunting chore than something to look forward to, especially after a week crammed full of lectures and extracurriculars that eat away at our time.

We’re here to help you make grocery shopping easier as a student with a tight budget, little free time, and a big appetite. Here’s a list of resources provided by the U that are affordable and convenient:

Nutritious U Food Pantry

Nutritious U Pantry logo

The food pantry is graciously supplied by The Food Group, a local food bank, that supplies our campus with fruits, veggies, grains, proteins, at very affordable prices.

  • Spring 2023 Pantry Dates

    • January 24th - 26th

    • February 21st - February 23rd

    • March 28th - March 30th

    • April 25th - April 27th

  • Location: Coffman Memorial Union, 103A

  • Time: 12-6pm

St. Paul Mobile Food Pantry

Keystone Community Services Foodmobile truck delivering food

Free groceries including produce, meat, and dairy products and household items available to any University of Minnesota student and their families. Operated by Keystone Community Services.

  • Spring 2023 Dates

    • January 26

    • February 24

    • March 23

    • April 13

    • May 3

    • June 8

  • Location: Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative (CTC) North Parking Lot

  • Time: 12-2pm

Mobile Market

Twin Cities Mobile Market logo

Thanks to Minnesota Student Association (MSA), the Mobile Market provides our campus with discounted grocery items sold from a mobile grocery store.

  • Spring 2023 Dates

    • January 16

    • January 30

    • February 13

    • February 27

    • March 13

    • March 27

  • Location: Coffman Memorial Union South (back) entrance on Delaware St SE

  • Time: 2:30-4:30pm

Free Meal Thursdays with Kitchen Coalition

Minnesota Central Kitchen logo

Free, take-and-bake meals prepared by The Campus Club for students. Made in partnership between Minnesota Central Kitchen, The Campus Club, and Swipe Out Hunger.

  • St. Paul

    • Thursdays from 12-1pm

      • Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative Office Building

      • In the community center during winter

    • Thursdays from 1:30-2:30

      • Como Student Community Cooperative office building @ The Loft upstairs

      • In the community center during winter

  • Minneapolis

    • Thursdays from 3-4pm

    • Coffman Memorial Union, 103A

SNAP Program

SNAP program logo

Students may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides users with money to afford groceries. Learn more about SNAP here.

BrightSide Produce

BrightSide produce at a grocery store

Purchase fresh produce online and have it delivered to you. Order a bag of fresh produce here. Choose a price range that works for you with their “pay what you can” model.

Other Local Options

Minneapolis Farmers Market

Fresh produce from the Minneapolis Farmers Market

Fresh, local produce in addition to plants and locally made products.

  • Winter Dates

    • January 7th

    • January 21st

    • February 4th

    • February 18th

    • March 4th

    • March 18th

  • 312 East Lyndale Ave North, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405

  • 9am-12pm

Mill City Farmers Market

Mill City Farmers Market logo

Healthy, local and sustainable groceries. Accessible by walking or light rail.

  • First and third Saturdays, 10am – 1pm

  • 750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN


We understand the financial burden of being in college, and we hope this can alleviate some of your stress when it comes to grocery shopping.

If you're a student at the U, take advantage of these resources and let us know how they helped you!

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