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Relocated Food for Thought, Student Parent Center now open

Food for Thought
Food for Thought is located at Saint Johns Hall, L10.

Food for Thought and the Student Parent Center are now open in a new location.

Food for Thought is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in Saint Johns Hall, L10.


The Student Parent Center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday in Saint Johns Hall, L14.


May 7 – May 20: Food for Thought and Student Parent Center closed during move

Food for Thought and the Student Parent Center will be closed from May 7 to May 20, as the facilities are being moved from the current location to the basement of St. John’s Hall.

The centers will be unable to serve students during the closure. Students who need food should visit Food for Though by Friday, May 4, or visit the neighborhood food shelf:  https://thefoodgroupmn.org/get-help/

Shoe away hunger, Sept. 16-30: Donate your old footwear

Get rid of new or gently-used footwear including sneakers, sports shoes, casual shoes, boots, flip flops, ice skates, etc., and make a difference.

Food for Thought at Metropolitan State University will donate these shoes to our nonprofit partner, Good in the ‘Hood, to raise funds to support their food pantry. All sizes, shapes and conditions. The nice shoes bring in more funds, so those are especially welcome.

Encourage your friends, relatives and neighbors to do the same. Tie or band them together and place them in one of the bins that will be available on all four campuses starting Sept. 16, when the campaign kicks off at Fall Fest. The campaign ends on Sept 30.

Food for Thought needs volunteers

Last year, more than 51,000 pounds of groceries and 22, 447 “Grab & Go” snacks were distributed by Food for Thought. This would not have been possible without volunteers, who gave a total of 214 hours. More student volunteers are needed again this year.

To help, sign up at the Food for Thought food shelf in Founder’s Hall, Room FH201A, Saint Paul Campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, Contact by phone at 651-795-1571.

Food for Thought is funded by a non-profit called Good in the Hood, and has 995 registered student members. Visit Good in the Hood for more information about its programs.

Donate gently used clothes, toys and more

In preparation for the annual resource fair next month, the Student Parent Center is accepting new and gently used clothing (infant–adult), shoes, household items, sporting equipment, toys, baby items, school supplies for children and food. The fair is an opportunity for the university community to help students with families to support.

Donation bins are located in Founders Hall on the first and second floors. Cash donations are also accepted via check made out to: Metropolitan State University Foundation, Memo: Student Parent Center or Food for Thought.

Donations are accepted through July 25. The resource fair is 2–7 p.m., Thursday, July 28, New Main, Great Hall, Saint Paul Campus. No registration required. For more information, contact the Student Parent Center at 651-793-1564 or student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu.


Student services you may be missing out on

With a wide range of options available to Metropolitan State students, everyone can benefit from the opportunities these services offer. Get to know these great services and utilize them to enhance your academic journey.

Tutoring Services

Meet with tutors that can help relieve stress from complicated homework problems and writing assignments. No more headaches and guessing! Metropolitan State offers math, science and computer science centers at the Saint Paul Campus and Midway Center. Writing centers serve students at those locations, as well as at the Minneapolis Campus.

Find a tutoring center

Career Center

With so many degree options, it’s important to research the one that’s right for you. The Career Center’s page features websites listed to help explore occupations, identify skills and learn about different types of majors. The Pathways Program can help students within the insurance and financial services explore career options and skills to secure a job in their chosen field. Webinars, resume resources and online workshops are also available to students looking to enhance their professional skills. In person career counseling is also available.

Find out more about the Career Center

Counseling Services

Student life can be stressful—learn to manage stressors and release anxiety with the help of a counselor. Simply set up an appointment and let the healing begin.

Contact Counseling Services

Student Parent Center  

Find on and off campus resources to navigate the challenges of parenting while in school through the Student Parent Center. Participate in support and discussion groups, find a peer mentor and attend fun family events organized by the center.

Found out more about the Student Parent Center

Academic Advising

Advisers are waiting to assist you with your college plans, financial concerns and your path to achieving your degree.

Set up an appointment with an advisor


TRIO consists of three distinct programs that help make access, retention and graduation possible for first generation students and those with limited income.

  • Upward Bound is targeted at high school students wishing to gain college skills and credits.
  • TRIO’s Student Support Services are committed to helping Metropolitan State students reach their academic goals by supplying extra resources to make success happen.
  • The Power of You provides financial and academic support to transferring students and to those who meet requirements.

Learn more about TRIO

Food for Thought

Food for Thought is a food pantry that provides unprepared food directly to students in need who do not have enough to eat. Food for Thought is organized by the Student Parent Center in partnership with Good in the ‘Hood, receiving assistance from the Student Senate and Second Harvest Heartland. It’s open to all Metropolitan State students, located at the Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall 201A and is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. The pantry accepts any and all food donations. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

Contact the Student Parent Center at student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1564 for more information.

Food for Thought: providing groceries and peace of mind

During the past year, Food for Thought, Metropolitan State’s food pantry, has addressed food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition in our community. Opened in February 2015, the pantry has served hundreds of students and given out thousands of pounds of food. No one in need is turned away, including faculty, staff and community members.

Food insecurity has been linked to lower test scores, academic failure, high stress and low levels of concentration. To ensure students have the best chance at success, the pantry provides groceries to take home and grab and go food to eat on campus five days a week.

Continue reading Food for Thought: providing groceries and peace of mind

Help organize food pantry deliveries

FoodPantryvolunteerThe Student Parent Center needs help unloading and organizing deliveries for Metropolitan State’s food pantry. Volunteers are contacted by e-mail on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month when the food truck arrives. Help is typically needed noon–5 p.m. on delivery days, but volunteers aren’t expected to work the entire duration.

To be added to the list e-mail student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu.