Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry Is Here for U of A Students, Staff and Faculty

Jon Mahaffey, chair of the Full Circle Food Pantry, with some watermelon recently donated to the pantry.
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Jon Mahaffey, chair of the Full Circle Food Pantry, with some watermelon recently donated to the pantry.

Founded in February 2011, the Full Circle Food Pantry was established as an emergency food assistance program that distributes food and personal products to all members of the University of Arkansas community. According to a 2016 campus survey, 38% of students at the University of Arkansas experience food insecurity during their time here. The Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry is here to assist people experiencing food insecurity by nourishing bodies, empowering minds, and creating a community of compassion.

The Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. Full Circle is located in Bud Walton Hall, the beige brick residence hall between the stadium and the Union Parking Garage. The entrance to Full Circle is on the east side of the building directly across from the base of the Union Parking Garage.

Contact us at pantry@uark.edu, or call (479) 575-4365. Follow our Facebook page @UAFullCircle for more updates including closings, donation information, and even ideas on how to make delicious meals out of pantry food!

Anyone with a University ID, including affiliates through UAMS, are able to use our pantry. The pantry serves students, staff and faculty.

There are several ways for clients to get food. All of our orders provide a three-day supply for clients and their families. The pantry's online system allows clients to discretely order food and pick it up at their own convenience, during operating hours. This can be accessed through fullcircle.uark.edu. Once on this page, click the red "Request Food" button and it will direct you to an online form.

For clients who are unable to make it to the pantry during our normal hours, we offer an express service which delivers orders to designated sites around Fayetteville on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Our mini pantry program are structures that are hand built and located around campus to help provide temporary hunger relief to students, faculty, and staff. Here, clients can find small supplies of non-perishables items including canned goods and snacks.

Our most used service is our walk-in service. Clients can come to the pantry and fill out a request form, including how many individuals are in the family or household, and student volunteers quickly fill their order. Staff of the food pantry hold client confidentiality and dignity of the upmost importance, and they do not ask for proof of need. Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food pantry is here for you!


Sage McCoy, food programs coordinator
Center for Community Engagement
479-575-4365, pantry@uark.edu


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