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Update (7/22/2021)

Smokey’s Pantry will be reopening for the Fall Semester on August 24 from 4-6 p.m.

We are planning on returning to indoor operations in the fall and will require masks for everyone above the age of 2 and hand sanitization before signing in and entering the pantry. We will also be enforcing a limit on the number of individuals and social distancing within the pantry to meet the needs of those who are unable to be vaccinated, so you may be asked to wait outside for a brief time.

Please visit our Covid-19 Operations Page for additional information about what to expect during your visit to Smokey’s Pantry in the fall and by private appointment in the summer.


Smokey’s Pantry opened in January 2016 as an effort to help address food insecurity among students, faculty, and staff. We are located at 824 Melrose Place, Knoxville, TN, 37916 near the end of Lake Avenue.

We are open every Tuesday during the Fall and Spring Semesters from 4-6 p.m. You can find out if we are open this week on our Calendar!

Everyone is welcome at Smokey’s Pantry, and we take absolutely no qualifying information (such as financial information, identification, etc.) for you to receive food! Check out the FAQ’s about Smokey’s Pantry here to learn about what to expect when getting food.