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 – Library, First Floor behind Circulation Desk

Austin West Building – Self-serve shelves in hallway outside Cafeteria

  • Shelf stable items only (no refrigerated items)
  • Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Closed Holidays

Owatonna – Student Services area

  • During Student Services Hours

Albert Lea – Student Services area

  • 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

Thank you to all our donors for their support!

Items regularly needed in the Riverland Food Pantries:

Food – bread, taco shells, tortillas, granola bars, cereal, ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, shredded cheese, yogurt, fresh apples, milk, eggs, canned vegetables, canned fruit/fruit cups, refried beans, canned black beans, jasmine rice, dried beans and lentils, ?our, sugar, canned meat, pasta (spaghetti, angel hair, elbow macaroni), pasta sauce, soups, peanut butter, jelly/jam, oatmeal, canned tuna, canned salmon, frozen ground beef, frozen ground turkey, cream soups (cream of mushroom/chicken/etc.), vegetable oil, spices/seasonings packets

Personal Care - toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, bar soap, body wash, body lotion, liquid hand soap, deodorant, toilet paper, facial tissue (Kleenex), feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent