Food Pantry

Riverland Student stocks the food pantry

Mission & Purpose

The mission of the Riverland Food Pantry is to fight food insecurity in the Riverland community by providing food, clothing, and household items to students in need.

The Riverland Food Pantry is available to all current, enrolled Riverland students facing food insecurity. Food insecurity is defined as a lack of access to reliable food sources which may include anxiety over having enough food, a shortage of food in the house, reduced quality or variety of food, or interrupted patterns and reduced food intake.

Using the Pantry

Riverland Students check into the Pantry with their Riverland Student ID. Students can take up to three items per day which includes non-pershable and perishable snack and meal items and personal/household items.

Pet Care Supplies

Riverland Food Pantry now offers supplies for the animal members of your family. Stop by any time the pantry is open to see what is available. Pet Care Supplies that are packaged are accepted as donations anytime the Food Pantry is open.

Hours & Locations

Austin East Building - Room C126 

Monday - Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 pm

Friday - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


During Student Services Hours   

Albert Lea

During Student Services Hours   

Donating to the Pantry

The Riverland Food Pantry is always accepting donations of perishable, non-perishable, and personal/household items.

Monetary and sustaining donations are also accepted through the Riverland Foundation. All monetary donations go towards the greatest need.

To set up a food pantry donation, please contact Penny Rosenthal at 507-433-0801 or

Thank you to all our donors for their support!

Items regularly needed in the Riverland Food Pantries:

Food- canned vegetables, canned fruit/fruit cups, flour, sugar, canned meat, pasta sauce, soups, peanut butter, jelly/jam, oatmeal, cream soups (cream of mushroom/chicken/etc.), vegetable oil, spices/seasonings

Personal Care- toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, laundry detergent

Riverland Food Pantry Amazon Wishlist

You can purchase from this link and the items will be sent to the Pantry!

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MinnPost: Minnesota State students spotlight a basic hurdle to academic success: food and housing security.

Austin Daily Herald: Extending a helping hand; Riverland Student Senate helps curb food insecurity on campus.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Hungry to Learn.

KIMT3: Riverland Community College students expanding food pantry

KAALTV: Student Leader To Take Food Pantry Message Statewide

KAALTV: Food Pantry Addresses College Students' Needs.