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Northwest Missouri State University

Pay it Forward Food Pantry

Pay It Forward Food Pantry

Material Distribution Center | Open Daily | 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.


On behalf of our Pay it Forward Food Pantry Committee, we would like to thank the many generous contributors to our Campus Food Pantry.  We could not operate without your support!  Thank you for recognizing that the Food Pantry is an important component of our campus.  

Food icon Most Needed Items
Updated October 2018

peanut butter, canned tuna & chicken

fruit cups, canned fruit, jelly or jam: canned vegetables NOT needed at this time

cereal, oatmeal, pasta, cereal bars, granola bars, pancake mix (complete preferred), syrup

spaghetti sauce, chicken/tuna helpers, complete boxed meals

crackers, fruit snacks, nuts, chips, cookies

can openers, toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, toilet tissue, facial tissue, toiletries (ex: shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, etc), laundry detergent, hand soap



In the pursuit of equity and accessibility for all students and employees, the Pay It Forward Food Pantry will provide a source of food and necessities for Northwest students and employees. The target audience is individuals who are experiencing food insecurity and hunger. By providing a food pantry our goal is to help students and employees be successful.

Pantry Location & Operation

The food pantry, located in the Material Distribution Center adjacent to the University Police Department, is accessible from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and staffed by University Police.

We will ONLY offer non-perishable foods. These will include canned, boxed and commercially packaged items that are in store quality condition and are not out dated.  It also includes items such as canned fruits and vegetables, boxed macaroni and cheese, and packaged goods such as ramen noodles. We will offer personal hygiene items, for example, soap, shampoo, toilet tissue, feminine products, toothpaste, etc. These will be store quality unopened packages.

Students and employees interested in accessing the food pantry should visit the University Police front desk and ask for assistance. Students and employees must present their Bearcat Card to an officer, who will then provide access to the food pantry.

Stocking the Pantry & Donating to the Pantry

Northwest accepts food donations for the pantry at the Student Engagement Center in the J.W. Jones Student Union and at the University Police Department. Monetary donations to support the food pantry should be directed to the Northwest Foundation and are tax deductible.

Donate Online

Pay It Forward Fund

*designate your gift to the Pay It Forward Food Pantry


For further assistance, contact the Pay It Forward Committee at