Pioneer Pantry

Welcome to the Pioneer Pantry.  Here are a few items to keep in mind when shopping for your necessities.  The Pioneer Pantry will only be open once per week and access to the pantry is temporarily only for enrolled William Paterson residential students, who are approved to remain on campus for the duration of the semester.  

Requests must be submitted online by Wednesday at 12pm to receive your pantry package. Pickup of pantry packages will be coordinated with pickup of Dining Services meal packages at 1:30pm on Thursdays.  If any changes are made to pick up location,  an email will be sent to you with updated information. 

Due to shortages in inventory during Covid-19, we ask that you only request items that you will need. Please note, that some items may not be available and each category to select from has limited quantities permitted. You do not need to select items from every category.  Do not select foods you are restricted from eating (allergies, etc.).  Thank you for visiting the Pioneer Pantry and we hope that you all stay safe and healthy!

Pioneer Pantry Food Order Form: Pioneer Pantry Form

Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, students cannot gain physical access to the Pioneer Pantry until further notice.   The following provisions are being established to assist students as best as we can during this uncertain time.  Please check back to this web site again as we add information.

  • Only resident students currently staying in the residence halls can receive items from the Pioneer Pantry.  To maintain social distancing, students can download and complete the Pioneer Pantry Form and send it to   On designated days (to be determined), staff will assist resident students by bagging selected food items (pending availability) to be picked up at a designated location (to be determined).   Resident students staying on campus will receive and email with additional details soon.  

  • Commuter students and resident students moving out of the residence halls should not come to campus to access the Pioneer Pantry.  Students who need assistance are advised to contact Liz Amaya-Fernandez in Counseling, Health & Wellness at for personal assistance with finding local resources.   A list of community resources will be added to this web site soon.

  • Students are also encouraged to apply:

for SNAP Benefits: . 

OASIS:  offering "grab and go" meals at lunchtime and distributing emergency food packages, baby formula and baby food, diapers, and wipes to the community from 10 am - 2 pm, Monday - Friday. Address: 59 Mill Street, Paterson, NJ  07501. (973) 881-8307

CUMAC: Open from 11 am -3 pm, Monday - Friday and 4 pm-6 pm on Wednesday.  They are following CDC guidelines. 

Address:  223 Ellison Street Paterson, NJ 07505.  973.742.5518 


    Please check the Pioneer Pantry website for updates on the Pioneer Pantry access.  We apologize for the inconvenience. 

    The Pioneer Pantry is a resource for non-perishable items and basic toiletries for currently enrolled William Paterson Students.  The pantry is a collaboration between the Student Government Association (SGA) and the division of Student Development, with a generous donation from SGA funds. The Pioneer Pantry, located in the University Commons, Room 335, will be available to currently enrolled studentsFeel free to contact Maria Pagan, Americorp/NJCC, if you have any questions, or need additional information. Phone: (973) 720-3832. Students need to bring their William Paterson University ID cards with them to demonstrate current enrollment, in order to access the pantry. The types of non-perishable food items that will be available in the Pioneer Pantry are breakfast cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, rice, pasta, canned fruit, vegetables, and beans, soup, tuna, peanut butter, etc.