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Summer Updates (5/4/2022)

We are closing for the summer semester. We are having our last weekly shift on Tuesday, May 10. If you are in need of food during our closure, you can visit any of the other three FISH Hospitality Pantry locations with no ID’s, financial information, or other qualifying information required!

The Big Orange Pantry is open for current UTK students, faculty, and staff with an application required before you can visit for the first time.

We plan to resume weekly shifts on August 30 from 4-6 p.m. pending any changes in the UTK academic calendar. 


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.