The Big Orange Pantry provides a variety of non-perishable and fresh foods, hygiene products, and other essential items supporting basic needs.
Shopping at the Big Orange Pantry
The Big Orange Pantry is available to all current students, faculty, and staff at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We’re passionate about providing a positive shopping experience at the Big Orange Pantry! There are no requirements or applications necessary before shopping with us other than being a student, faculty, or staff member at UT.
Our pantry operates just like a grocery store – great music and everything! When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by one of our volunteers. Grab a grocery basket and start shopping. Please note any categorical limits as you shop (e.g., one dozen eggs per person).
Once you’re finished shopping, visit one of our bagging stations where a volunteer will gladly help you pack your items and check out. We highly recommend bringing reusable bags but will have recycled bags available for use.
That’s it! If you’re a first-time shopper, don’t hesitate to let us know and we will gladly show you around during your first visit.
Big Orange Pantry and Smokey’s Closet
1502 Cumberland Avenue
Student Union Suite 376C
Current Spring Hours
Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Pendergrass Library Pocket Pantry
Located near the help desk, this mini pantry features shelf-stable foods, fresh produce, and hygiene items convenient to students on the west side of campus in the Pendergrass Library.
TRECs Basic Needs Vending Machine
Located on the first floor, the vending machine at TRECs includes shelf-stable and refrigerated food items, basic hygiene items like toothpaste and deodorant, KAT bus passes and well-being kits to support mental health.
The Free Store
The Free Store is a community-based resource dedicated to helping UT students, faculty, and staff reduce their environmental impact and save money. The UT community is welcome to shop the Free Store for clothing, household items, and other goodies! Hours of operation and occasional pop up locations are listed on the website.
915 22nd Street, Knoxville, TN 37916