Pack Provisions

Pack Provisions is the on-campus food pantry that serves the University of Nevada, Reno community. This is a completely free resource that is available for all members of the Wolf Pack to utilize whenever they are in need. This resource can be accessed by students, staff, and faculty. Our pantry is located inside of the Center for Student Engagement, which is on the third floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union.

Pack Provisions strives to support all members of the University of Nevada, Reno to achieve academic success by providing access to basic necessities such as food and hygiene supplies. This mission is carried out by eliminating barriers that University community members may have while experiencing financial hardship. Pack Provisions provides social wellness through perishable and non-perishable foods, meal swipes, grocery funds, school supplies, hygiene items and more.

This service is not government funded; therefore, it is not considered a public charge benefit and will not affect the status of international students. This service does not require a social security number, state ID, or a passport to request services. This service does not impact financial aid awards. The only requirement for utilizing Pack Provisions is an active NSHE ID number.

If you have any questions about your eligibility to use these services, please email packprovisions@asun.unr.edu.

How Pack Provisions works

Pack Provisions can be accessed in person during our operating hours, which are listed below. Students, staff, and faculty interested in receiving food and hygiene supplies can now visit the pantry in person in the Center for Student Engagement to pick out their items.

Before utilizing the pantry, users must fill out an intake form with either a Pack Provisions staff member or a front desk worker. The data provided in these forms is confidential and only the aggregate responses are reported to the appropriate agencies.

You can visit the Pack Provisions pantry during the following hours from the Center of Student Engagement located on the 3rd floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union. Pack Provisions is open year-round but is closed all University holidays.

If you need assistance, or are unable to come in person, please email packprovisions@asun.unr.edu.

Pack Provisions hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

How to Help

Volunteering

Our program relies on volunteers to provide the highest quality and most accessible service to our campus community. All of our volunteering opportunities are posted on GivePulse, where you are able to sign up for the events and opportunities that interest you.

Requirements

Volunteers are held to the same moral and ethical standards as Pack Provisions staff. Volunteers are required to keep all information about visitors confidential. Here's what we're looking for in volunteers:

  • Enthusiasm for helping others
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Super customer service skills

All volunteers must fill out paperwork prior to volunteering. Before or on the date of your first shift, please check in with a staff member who will be happy to give you a form to complete. Please complete the form and turn it in to a Pack Provisions staff member.

Please fill out this form Pack Provisions Canvas Page Request to send a request to be added to the Pack Provisions Volunteer Canvas page. Once you're done, one of our team members will add you to the page. At any time, you can register GivePulse for volunteering at Pack Provisions!

Responsibilities

Volunteers help Pack Provisions meet our goals! Additional responsibilities will depend on the present need but can consist of:

  • Packing online orders for students
  • Organizing and sorting the food and resource pantry
  • Tabling to promote program awareness
  • Special projects including outreach, communications, research and programming

We have specific outreach events throughout the semester as well as deliveries from the food bank, as well as open opportunities where volunteers can work on packing orders and restocking the pantry on their own time. Volunteers can choose whatever works best for their schedule.

Time commitment

We ask that volunteers commit to volunteering just once a week for the duration of the semester. We try to be consistent in our hours so students, faculty and staff can access the service. If you have any questions regarding volunteering with Pack Provisions, please send an email to packprovisions@asun.unr.edu.

Donations

A big part of what Pack Provisions provides to the university community is carried out through donations. If you have any food or hygiene items you can bring them to the Center for Student Engagement on the 3rd floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union. All donated items must be unopened and/or unused. This is for the safety of Pack Provisions users and staff.

Pack Provisions is in need of:

  • Canned protein
  • Canned soup
  • Canned fruit/vegetables
  • Granola bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste

Financial donations

Pack Provisions accepts financial donations, which help significantly in our mission of serving as many students, faculty and staff as possible. We can take cash donations or you can donate electronically.

To make a cash donation, please bring your contribution to Central Station, which is also located in the Center for Student Engagement. They will process your donation and add it the Pack Provisions account. They can provide you with a receipt to document this donation.

To make an online donation using a credit card, please click on the link below:

Donate to Pack Provisions 

Host a drive

Many of our resources come from donations. We encourage clubs, organizations and university departments to consider our program when planning donation drives of food, toiletry items, or school supplies. Donated resources will stay and support members of the university community. Because we are a small program with limited space, any excess donations that we cannot use will be donated to a local organization.

Pack Provisions can support your donation drive by:

  • Providing donation bins decorated with our publicity for your organization to set up in locations on campus or at your event. We can drop off these bins to your location and pick up the bins and any donated items. Please fill out the following request form to reserve these bins for your event.
  • We can help promote your drive through existing Center for Student Engagement channels such as through social media platforms and newsletters. (Be aware that this does not include ASUN's Inkblot graphic design or video services.)

Donation bin request form