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Our Mission: The MSU Student Food Bank is intended to provide supplemental food and other necessities for students and their families who are in need of this type of support.

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year!

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As the nation's pioneer campus-based food bank, the MSU Student Food Bank is proud to be a founding member of the College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA).  To learn more about campus-based food banks across the country and the growing movement to address food insecurity on college campuses, please visit www.cufba.org

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Food Bank at a Glance:

  • The MSU Student Food Bank was the first food bank in the nation that is run by students, for students.
  • Has assisted MSU students in need since 1993!
  • We have a unique relationship with the Greater Lansing Food Bank that allows us to purchase food at a significantly reduced price, averaging $0.45 per pound. This saves us 72% compared to the national wholesale cost of food.
    • A $25 donation buys approximately 56 pounds of food.
    • A $50 donation buys approximately 111 pounds of food.
    • A $100 donation buys approximately 222 pounds of food.
    • A $500 donation buys approximately 1,111 pounds of food.
  • The MSU Student Food Bank operates on charitable donations received from community members and organizations.

Maintains a very small overhead so that donated funds can go to assist those in need, our clients.

  • Provides volunteer leadership opportunities for over 200 students each year.
  • Serves over 4,700 clients per year.
  • The MSU Student Food Bank distributes about 50,100 pounds of food annually to MSU students and their families (that’s 10,020 5 lb. bags of food)
  • Regularly offers these food items: Bread, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Canned Soup, Pasta, Rice, and Cereal.
  • Commonly offers these items: Peanut Butter, Tuna or Canned Salmon, Dry or Canned Beans, Macaroni & Cheese, Fresh Vegetables, Fresh Fruit, Bake Mixes, Crackers, Microwave Popcorn, Desserts, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes and more!

In The News:

What our clients are saying:

“This program is a life-saver! Thank you so much!”
- Graduate student, Arts & Letters, Single parent – 3 children

“I save money on food for the more important things like medicine and health care.”
- Graduate student, Education

“It helps us to have less stress as parents to feed our family.”
- Graduate student, Sociology, Married – 1 child

“I am not worried any longer of surviving as a single mom and international student...”
- Graduate student, Music, Single parent – 1 child

“Whenever we had a hard time, we could count on the food bank – like now.”
- Graduate Student, Arts & Letters, Married – 3 children

“It prevents my wife and me from having to have second jobs.  It would be near impossible to complete studies and work to pay our living expenses without the food bank. I do not feel that it can be overstated how important the food bank has been to me and my family.”
- Graduate Student, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Married

MSU Student Food Bank