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The Pantry


Food insecurity is a barrier faced by many college students. ASUN students are not immune to those barriers. A recent survey of ASUN students found that roughly one-third of students regularly worry about where their next meal will come from.  The establishment of pantries and enrollment in the SNAP program should decrease the number of students who struggle with food insecurity. ASUN is proud to offer resources to ASUN students, faculty, and staff!

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The Mission of the ASUN Pantry

The mission of the ASUN Pantry is to promote student success by providing resources to reduce food insecurity.

Pantry Locations & Hours of Operation

In-Person Pantries

We have three in-person pantries: Newport, Marked Tree, and Jonesboro. All food pantries are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ASUN-Jonesboro Campus Location: Main Building (Located in the room behind the Student Affairs window area)

ASUN-Marked Tree Campus Location: Building A  (Located in the back corner of the Library)

ASU-Newport Campus Location: Student Community Center (Located in the hallway behind the dining area for the Hub. First door on the right)

Blessing Boxes

Because of our incredible community partnerships with ASUN Phi Theta Kappa organization and the Food Bank of NEA, we now also have a Blessing Box on the ASUN Jonesboro campus (other locations coming soon). If you need a quick snack (pretzels, chips, cookies, etc.) to hold you over between classes, simply stop by the Blessing Box. Students are encouraged to limit themselves to two items per day so everyone may have a snack.

ASUN-Jonesboro Campus Location: Coming Soon

ASUN-Marked Tree Campus Location: Coming Soon

ASU-Newport Campus Location: Coming Soon

Volunteering at the ASUN Pantry

Any student or staff member may sign up to volunteer in the ASUN Pantry. Volunteer opportunities vary by campus. Please contact the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs. The ASUN Pantry asks that all volunteers respect the privacy of our students that use the pantry. Volunteer Responsibilities could include the following;

  • Organizing and stocking pantry
  • Picking up food donations during campus food drives
  • Checking expiration dates on donations
  • Helping sustain a clean and organized environment
  • Cleaning The Pantry location
  • Serving students who visit The Pantry.

Ready to volunteer? Click here to complete the ASUN Pantry Volunteer Application. Questions?  ">

How to Donate to the ASUN Pantry

Item Donation

We gladly accept non-perishable food and household items to stock at the pantry locations. Below are guidelines for donating and additional information. 

Donation Guidelines

  • All donations must be unopened and unexpired.
  • Please only donate items that you would purchase for your own family/children.

Below are the top items needed by ASUN students.

Food Items

  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Granola Bars
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Pasta
  • Peanut Butter (or other nut butter)
  • Rice
  • Spices

Household Items Needed

  • Deodorant
  • Diapers
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Baby Food
  • Lip Balm
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Soap/Body Wash
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tooth Paste/ Tooth Brush
  • Wet Wipes

Monetary Donation 

In addition to food and household items, the ASUN Pantry accepts monetary donations. Donating to the ASUN Pantry is easy and tax-deductible. Click here to access the donation form.  Be sure to select "ASU Newport Food Pantry" as the fund. 


How to Apply for SNAP Benefits

Access Arkansas is an online service provided by the Arkansas Department of Human Services(DHS). It is an anonymous screening of potential eligibility for 20 DHS-managed benefit programs.

Access Arkansas is single-point to submit online applications for the following Arkansas DHS managed programs:

Child Care Assistance - Financial assistance for childcare
Medicare Savings Program - Provides help with paying Medicare premiums
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Assistance buying food
Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) - provides case management services to assist families with children under 18 years old with finding employment.
Pregnant Women Medicaid - Health coverage for women over age 19 who are pregnant
Arkansas Works Program - Health care coverage for adults ages 19-64

Visit Access Arkansas today to see if you are eligible for support resources. Click here to Access Arkansas. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can use the ASUN Pantry?

A. Any currently enrolled student at ASUN, ASUN Faculty, and ASUN staff.

Q. How do I sign up for the ASUN Pantry?

A. Students, faculty, and staff must complete an ASUN Pantry Intake Form. Click here to access the ASUN Pantry Intake Form. Since we are a partner with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, we provide a monthly usage report to the food bank.

Q. What kind of items can I get at the ASUN Pantry?

A. Non-perishable items such as; soup, ready-to-eat meals, vegetables, fruits, ramen, pasta, beans, etc. On occasion, there are toiletry items such as toothpaste, soap, feminine hygiene products, etc.

Q. What are the hours of the ASUN Pantry?

A. The hours of the Pantry are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (all campuses).

Q. Where do the ASUN Pantry products come from?

A. Food is donated via campus food drives and donations. ASUN is a partner with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas. Through this partnership, we are able to supplement our pantry stock.