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CMSRU Food Pantry & Resource Center

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) recently opened a food pantry for students who may experience food insecurity. The pantry is located on the second floor of the medical school building and provides free nonperishable food items and personal care supplies to students. The initiative was prompted by a study showing that up to 12 percent of medical students may be experiencing food insecurity. The pantry intends to support students facing food insecurity, though it will not require a demonstration of financial need. Students in need can contact the CMSRU Financial Aid Office for more information about debt management, financial literacy and scholarship resources.

In times of personal financial crisis, students should consider applying for assistance from the Student Emergency Fund.

Questions about the CMSRU Food Pantry can be directed to

Monetary Donations

Are you interested in supporting the CMSRU Student Emergency Assistance?

Click here to make a donation to the food pantry and the Student Emergency Assistance Fund.


Every donation is greatly appreciated.  We are able to accept the following types of items:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Unopened toiletries 

These are the items in highest demand at The SHOP:

  • Toilet paper & paper towels
  • Microwavable food items: ramen, instant mashed potatoes, Mac and cheese cups, soup, rice packets, etc. (anything that could be eaten in a dorm room)
  • Snacks in individual packages: peanut butter crackers, nuts, chips, cookies, pudding cups, microwave popcorn, crackers in sleeves, breakfast bars, etc. 
  • Laundry pods that can be divided among many students 

These are the items for which we have a constant need:

  • Canned corn
  • Canned meats (i.e. Chef Boyardee, salmon, chicken, Vienna sausages, chili, etc.)
  • Granola bars or protein bars 
  • Jelly
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Fruit cups
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice
  • Pasta (spaghetti, shells, rotini, elbows, etc)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Chicken broth, spices, condiments 
  • Baking mixes
  • Juice, coffee, tea, other beverages 
  • Coffee K-cups
  • Gluten-free foods
  • Vegetarian items
  • Kosher or Halal items
  • Personal hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, lotion, deodorant, bar soap, feminine products, etc.)
  • Reusable Bags

Thanks to the generosity of the CMSRU community, we don't need: peanut butter - at this time.