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The Market

AU's Food Pantry

The Market is a student-operated food pantry located on the lower level of Letts Hall at American University. It is managed by the collaborative oversight of the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and the Center for Community Engagement & Service. A key food source is intended to be the Capital Area Food Bank's highly regarded pantry partner system.

This important campus community offering is the result of mutual acknowledgement by AU students, staff, faculty and administration that food insecurity has recently increased on college campuses across the nation. The objective is to work together to prevent any student from having to skip meals and go hungry because they cannot afford enough to eat. Shoppers are encouraged - with no restrictions but consideration for others - to select the food items they need.

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The Market: AU's Food Pantry

Hours & Location

Open Daily
6 am-12 pm
2 pm-2 am

Location is Letts Lower Level, Room 2. The entrance is located across from McCabe Hall on the opposite side of the building from the Letts residence hall entrance.

Students may request access to The Market by filling out an online form where they will be asked for their AU email address and AU ID number.

Once the request is received and processed, students will receive a confirmation email that they are able to access The Market using their AU One Card.

Access will be granted within two business days.

We will ask that shoppers record the items they have selected at a station conveniently set up in The Market. This information will help ensure that food items most preferred by our shoppers are known and re-ordered at the best frequency possible. The Capital Area Food Bank prides itself on presenting items and information that enable its pantry partners to provide healthy & nutritious inventory.

We will also ask that any service feedback be provided in person in a suggestion box located in The Market, or through email at

  • Capital Area Food Bank
    The Capital Area Food Bank will provide the bulk of our food supplies and host mandatory training for our staff to build necessary knowledge base titled: Partnering to End Hunger and Smart Shopping.
  • Center for Community Engagement and Service
    The Center for Community Engagement and Service will assist volunteer recruitment and also help pick up items from the Capital Area Food Bank and other external partners.
  • College and University Food Bank Alliance
    The Market is a member of the College and University Food Bank Alliance, a network of food pantries on college campuses across America.


Student volunteers can assist in maintenance, stocking shelves, picking up food items, or keeping the space clean. Students will able to indicate interest through the Center for Community Engagement & Service and by emailing

AU Student Survey (700 Respondents)

44 percent at some point did not have enough food for themselves.*

59 percent were aware of another student who did not have enough food.*

18 percent had inadequate food supply three to four times a semester.*

*In December 2016, an American University student group conducted a food insecurity survey to evaluate the need for a food pantry on campus. This survey was sent through a e-mail link and social media to a random sample of 3,000 AU undergraduate students. A total of 700 responses were recorded (23% response rate).