Red Hawk Pantry

To combat the reality and struggle of food insecurity for our students, Student Development and Campus Life has established the Red Hawk Pantry. On April 18, 2016, the on-campus food pantry opened for the first time and continues to serve the needs of our students. To assess these needs, a survey was sent to all students prior to the opening of the pantry. Of the nearly 200 Montclair State students surveyed, 10% expressed food insecurity on a daily basis, while 15% expressed a need on weekly basis and 12% on a monthly basis.

In July, the University launched a fundraising campaign to help sustain the pantry and allow it to become self-sustaining and continue to serve the needs of our students. Gifts to the campaign help the Red Hawk Pantry to offer more hours, stock more supplies and expand its services to students.

How Do I Sign Up For the Red Hawk Pantry?

If you are in need of food or personal items from the Red Hawk Pantry, you can use our easy-to-follow, online form to sign up.

Please make sure that you answer every question on the form and agree to the Acceptance of Free Food and Waiver of Liability. 

Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Red Hawk Pantry. You will receive an email notification about your application status prior to the next opening of the pantry.

Please note, the application is not currently online. Please go to the Red Hawk Pantry, in person, on scheduled days:

  • Thursday, October 6, 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Monday, October 17, 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 3, 3 -7 p.m.
  • Monday November 14, 3 -7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 23, 12 -2 p.m. (Thanksgiving Break)
  • Thursday, December 1, 3 -7 p.m.
  • Monday, December 12, 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 22, 12 - 2pm (Winter Break)


How Do I Donate To the Pantry?

If you’d like to support the on-campus food pantry, you can make your gift online. To donate goods, you can bring your donation to the Center for Student Involvement in the Montclair State University Student Center, 1st floor. Most-needed items include canned proteins and grab and go items such as granola bars. In addition to food, the pantry is also collecting toiletries, laundry detergent and personal hygiene products.

For more information on the on-campus food pantry, contact Sonja Tillman, Student Development and Campus Life, at or 973-655-6959.

For more information on the campaign to support the pantry, contact Hillary Brintle at or 973-655-7460.