The Washington and Lee University Food Pantry is an initiative that is sponsored and supported by the Division of Student Affairs.

The Division of Student Affairs identified a need for a food pantry at W&L that aims to alleviate food insecurity among students by providing emergency food to those in need.

The Food Pantry aims to:

  • Create a safe space to distribute good quality and nutritious emergency food to current students.
  • Collaborate with Campus Garden and Campus Kitchen to provide good quality and nutritious food items (donations) that may otherwise go to waste to enhance sustainability initiatives on campus.
  • Raise awareness around hunger issues, especially as experienced by low-income college students.
  • Encourage student engagement to foster a sense of community.

The Food Pantry is open 24 hours a day and when Elrod Commons is open during breaks and holidays.

Contact Information

Have questions about the Food Pantry? Need more information about how to partake of the pantry or to donate items or time? Please contact:

Tammi Simpson
Associate Dean of Students
(540) 458-4111


Donations of food items and funds for the purchase of quality food items are most welcome. The Food Pantry is made possible through the Division of Student Affairs and the generous support of faculty, staff, students, and friends.

Suggested Non-Perishable Items:

  • canned fish or poultry
  • canned vegetables
  • canned soup
  • canned beans
  • canned fruit (preferred: in juice/no sugar added)
  • dry pasta or rice
  • cereal, oatmeal, or other non-perishable breakfast items
  • breakfast bars
  • pasta sauce
  • peanut butter
  • jelly or jam

Help Fill the Shelves

Drop-Off Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Elrod Commons
Third Floor (above Cafe 77)

Schedule a Pick Up:

Make a Financial Contribution

Contact Dean Simpson


The Food Pantry is located on the third (top) floor of the Elrod Commons. It is easily accessed by the stairwell or elevator closest to Cafe 77.

Elrod Commons, Third Floor, above Cafe 77

Located in the same service area as the Food Pantry are the FLIP Lending Library and the Career Development Clothing Closet.

The Lending Library is a donated collection of new and used textbooks and available to students at no charge. Learn more about FLIP and student-organized programming for first-generation and low-income students.

The Clothing Closet is a donated collection of new and used professional attire for students entering the interview and job search process. Visit the Office of Career and Professional Development and learn more about their efforts to support students above and beyond resume writing.