The Lion's Pantry

The Lion’s Pantry's mission is to address and mitigate student hunger on campus.


The Lion’s Pantry at Penn State Mont Alto was established in 2019 to mitigate the increasing concern of student food insecurity.  The Lion’s Pantry is restocked monthly and available free of charge to all Penn State Mont Alto students, thanks to a generous endowment established by Marilynne Stout.  

Students facing food insecurities can stop by the Lion’s Pantry (recently relocated to WSC 1st Floor) during WSC open hours (listed below) to obtain non-perishable food/snack items and a variety of personal hygiene items. Thanks to a generous donation, a freezer has been purchased, so the Lion’s Pantry is now able to stock a variety of frozen foods!  

If you are struggling with food insecurity, be empowered to take what you need from the Lion’s Pantry. You deserve to know where your next meal is coming from.  

Wiestling Student Center (WSC), 1st Floor 

Lion's Pantry Hours 
Lion’s Pantry hours may vary from semester to semester due to staffing schedules.  

  • Sunday: 12 to 8 p.m.  

  • Monday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

  • Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

  • Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

  • Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • Saturday: Closed 

Frozen foods and domestic household/personal hygiene items (i.e. laundry detergent, body wash, deodorant, etc.) can be obtained: 

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 3 to 7:30 p.m. 
    If you are facing food insecurity and in need of frozen foods or domestic household items but are unable to visit the pantry during the hours listed, please email [email protected] so other arrangements can be made to ensure you receive the resources you need (all emails received will be handled discreetly).  


Contribute to the Pantry 

If you (or your family members) have the means to contribute, donations are always appreciated! (Please see below for a list of items commonly stocked in the Lion’s Pantry.) 

The Lion’s Pantry at Penn State Mont Alto accepts non-perishable, unopened and non-expired food and toiletry donations. Items can be dropped off at Student Life (Conklin 203) during open hours, Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Financial donations or payroll deductions through the Development Office are also welcome. (For more information on making a financial donation, please email [email protected].)   

Items accepted for the Pantry 


  • Granola bars 

  • Pretzels – single serving/snack size 

  • Nuts – single serving/snack size 

  • Crackers, etc. - single serving/snack size 

  • Snack pack pudding cups 

  • Goldfish – single serving/snack size 

  • Cookies – single serving/snack size 

  • Popcorn mini bags 

  • Fruit snacks 


  • Spaghetti 

  • White or brown rice (Pilaf, Mexican rice, Jasmine rice, Rice a Roni – Heat & Eat, Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice) 

  • Macaroni and cheese – cups 

  • Mashed potatoes – cups 


  • Cereal (all kinds) – assortment pack 

  • Oatmeal – instant 

  • Breakfast bars 

  • Pop Tarts 

  • Non-refrigerated milk products – white or chocolate (single serving size) 


  • Jars of pasta sauce – small jars 


  • Chicken - pouches 

  • Tuna – pouches 

  • Tuna – lunch to go 

  • Peanut butter – single serving size (i.e. Jiff to Go) 

  • Hormel Compleats 


  • Vegetables – single serving size 

  • Fruit – single serving size 

  • Applesauce – single serving size or GoGo Squeez pouches 

  • Fruit cocktail – single serving size 

  • Chef Boyardee microwavable bowls (Mini ravioli, Spaghetti and meatballs, Spaghetti, Rice with chicken and vegetables, Beefaroni)

  • Soups (Campbells - ready to serve, Nissin cup noodles – various flavors, Maruchan cup noodles – various flavors)


  • Mini pizzas 

  • Hot pockets 

  • Jimmy Dean breakfast bowls 

  • Marie Calendars frozen meals 

  • Michelina’s frozen meals 


  • Salt and pepper 

  • Spices of all types 

  • Condiments 

  • Taco seasoning 

  • Broth or bouillon cubes 


  • Any items not requiring refrigeration are appreciated, such as GF pasta, GF crackers, etc. 


  • Tea – bags 

  • Juices – boxes  


  • Tissues 

  • Travel size (Shaving cream, Deodorants, Body wash, Shampoo, Toothpaste)

  • Toothbrushes 


  • Detergent – small bottles or pods 

  • Dryer sheets – small boxes 

  • Hand soap 

  • Toilet paper (please consider individually-wrapped rolls, or 4-packs) 

  • Paper towels 

  • Other cleaning supplies 

Questions?   Please contact [email protected]