Established in 2017, the Redhawk Food Pantry provides food, hygiene products, and school supplies to Southeast Missouri State University students and employees in need. The mission of the Redhawk Food Pantry is to provide support to members of the campus community who struggle with food insecurity.  

As a supplemental service, the Redhawk Food Pantry does not supply all the food someone or a family will need for two weeks, instead it is meant to supplement your existing access to food, hygiene products, and school supplies.  

Additionally, the Redhawk Food Pantry encourages an educational understanding of food insecurity and provides a space for students to volunteer with their peers.  

Nationally 20% of college students report having a “food insecurity” while in college. Southeast implemented a food pantry following a survey conducted by Southeast Student Government that indicated 15% of students reported an inadequate food supply at least four times during the semester. 

The Redhawk Food Pantry is supported entirely by donations from the campus community, registered student organizations, Southeast Missouri State University academic departments and offices, and local community members.  

Accessing the pantry is completely confidential. 

Accessing the Pantry 

Due to Covid-19, we have adjusted the method of how we distribute and how guests request food and other items from the Redhawk Food Pantry. 

  • Only one person will be allowed inside the Food Pantry. 
  • Hand sanitizer is available for those entering the room. 
  • The Redhawk Food Pantry is available for all currently enrolled  SEMO students and employees. 
  • A SEMO ID will be required to utilize the Redhawk Food Pantry. 
  • Redhawk Food Pantry guests can use the pantry once a month. 
  • Availability and selection of items are subject to change without notice. 

Please do not take more than you need, our goal is to help as many students and staff members as possible. 

To obtain food items, recipients must agree to the following:  

"With the use of my Southeast Missouri State University identification card being scanned into the food pantry system, I acknowledge receipt of free food from the Redhawks Pantry. I further understand and agree that by accepting this donated food I freely and voluntarily, with full knowledge, hold harmless and in no way liable or responsible for the quality, condition, or packaging of the food, Southeast Missouri State University, its officers, agents, employees, students, volunteers, and food suppliers."  

How to Support

The Redhawk Food Pantry accepts gifts of food, funds, and time. If you would like to contribute food items, or make a monetary donation, or if you’d like to volunteer your time, we are excited to have your support.

Location
Office
Kent Library 123
(Inside Textbook Rental)
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 2020
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Hours
Fall & Spring / Monday - Friday: Noon - 4 p.m.
Summer / Monday - Friday: Noon - 3 p.m.