Food for Thought

The Metropolitan State University Food for Thought Food Pantry, program of Good in the ‘Hood, made the difficult decision to temporarily close during this time. We are committed to providing a safe process for our staff and students and to ensure that students will still have access to food during this time. Students that need food help can schedule an emergency food pick-up in our Saint Paul University Library.  

Please schedule an appointment to pick up food here:   

The food bags offered through the library weight 10 – 15 pounds and contain non-perishable food items including pasta/noodles, canned fruits, and vegetables, canned soup, peanut butter, dried fruit/nuts, tomato sauce, canned meat (chicken/beef). 

To minimize the safety and health risk to staff and students we ask that appointments be scheduled before picking up food. 

Metropolitan State University students that would like additional food resources available in their communities can contact us for more information. We can be reached at 651-793-1571 or email us at

Good in the ‘Hood is pleased to partner with Metropolitan State University in order to host the “FOOD for THOUGHT” campus food program.

What is Food for Thought?

Working together to alleviate student hunger, FOOD for THOUGHT is designed to serve the needs of hungry students enrolled at Metropolitan State University. This unique hybrid program offers registered students a generous selection of essential groceries, produce, and proteins. In addition, we provide “Grab N Go” between class snacks to alleviate hunger and to help students to maintain concentration during their classes and course work.

Our Objective

Our objective is to work with the students and for the students in order to provide nutritional subsidies that will help them move towards their respective career goal and educational objectives. In short, we are “FEEDING THE FUTURE”.



Food For Thought at Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University
St. Johns Hall, Lower Level L-10
700 East 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Distribution: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Khou Vue

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Khou Vue is the Student Parent and Resource Coordinator at Metropolitan State University and oversees the Food for Thought Food Pantry. She holds a BA in Sociology and an MA degree in Educational Leadership. Khou has over 9 years of experience supporting individuals and families in navigating basic-need resources including food insecurity at Second Harvest Heartland and at Minneapolis Community Technical College. As a first-generation Hmong-American, and daughter of refugees, she understands the struggles many face with basic-need insecurities. Her current allows her the opportunity to continue to support traditionally underrepresented students in higher education.


Food For Thought at Hamline University, a Student Resource Center

Walker Field House
Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Distribution: Summer hours: Tuesday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; Wednesday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; Thursday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm


For more information, please contact Roberta “Bobbie” Anderson onsite program manager and Khou Vue, Student Parent and Resource Coordinator, P. 651-793-1572