Student and Academic Life

Big Blue Pantry Offers 'Grab 'N Go' Location in Kentucky Clinic

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In addition to its primary location in 025 Whitehall Classroom Building, the Big Blue Pantry now has a "Grab 'N Go" station located in 307A Kentucky Clinic. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 5, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Big Blue Pantry has opened its first location within the UK medical center, providing quick, on-the-go goods to students with food insecurity in this major area of campus.

The new "Grab 'N Go" station, based in the Kentucky Clinic's Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives (CGPDI) office, will offer patrons a pre-packed bag of staple pantry items, such as canned soups, beans, veggies, oatmeal, rice and pasta. The CGPDI office is located in suite 307A of the clinic.

Patrons whose needs are unmet by these pre-packed bags may still visit the pantry's primary location in 025 Whitehall Classroom Building on the main campus.

“This new option was originally envisioned by students as another way to make the food in the pantry accessible to students across campus," said Grace Hahn, director of UK Student Organizations and Activities. "Their hope was to increase accessibility and allow students who take classes or work on the health care side of campus to access this resource.”

The Big Blue Pantry serves UK students who are experiencing food insecurity or hunger. Any UK student with a valid UK ID is eligible to receive non-perishable goods.

The Kroger Company recently became an official partner of the Big Blue Pantry and has invested greatly in the program. In addition to providing food donations, Kroger has updated the physical space with new shelving and décor, and donated both refrigerator and freezer units, as well as office furniture and storage. These changes enable the pantry to better serve students as well as foster a more welcoming environment.

To make a donation to the Big Blue Pantry Gift Fund or to learn more, visit or contact

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