Basic Needs Insecurity (lacking access to resources for food, housing, health care, technology, transportation, personal hygiene and childcare) is a real challenge on college campuses today – it’s estimated that roughly 39% students at 2-year colleges, and 29% students at 4-year colleges are affected by food insecurity alone in the United States (see article). The Rhody Outpost food pantry was created to help address this issue at URI. If you are, or know someone who is a URI student, who’s doing their best to make ends meet, we are here for you.

The pantry provides food and other items at no charge to students, along with services and resources (see the Students First Fund page). Formed as a collaboration between URI and St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, the pantry is managed by the Dean of Students Office and staffed by student and community volunteers.

Who's Eligible?

We serve all URI students who are food and/or housing insecure, and struggle to make ends meet. All you need is your student ID card. We are committed to protecting your privacy if you visit us or contact us for resources.

What’s Available?

The pantry is stocked with canned goods, pasta, pasta sauce, mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, toiletries, household items, cleaning supplies, and much more. We also offer eggs, milk, bread, and fresh vegetables.

Where and When?

As of October 7, the pantry is located at the Dining Services Warehouse, 10 Tootell Road, in Kingston. We’re open for pickup on Fridays from 4-5pm (except holidays), or by appointment if needed. See our Hours page for more details.


Our Partners

Belmont Market
Total Image Hair Salon
URI Greek Life