Mimi’s Pantry is dedicated to Ms. Evelyn Gibson Lowery, affectionately known as “Mimi” by her grandchildren, who dedicated her life to ensuring that the “least of these” were never forgotten, nor forsaken. In her honor and by her example, Mimi’s Pantry is dedicated to providing services to all eligible AUC students.

The concept of a food pantry on the AUC’s campus was created by a Change Agent, Malika Flowers, during the Lowery Institute’s inaugural “Change Agent Tank”. In response to her own experiences and the experiences she witnessed among many AUC students, Ms. Flowers shared the difficult choices many students make between textbooks, accessories and food. Flowers envisioned the creation of a food pantry on the AUC campus. Mimi’s Pantry represents the combination of Ms. Flower’s vision, and the support and research of the Lowery Institute.




Mimi’s Pantry’s became operational in September 2016. The pantry has grown from providing a week’s worth of food to 25 students per week to 100 students a week within one semester.

Each week, students who are interested in receiving a pantry package may register online. Upon completion of the form, eligible students will be contacted by a pantry staff member to schedule pick-up of their pantry bag. 

Currently, Mimi’s Pantry provides packages of nutritious, non-perishable items to eligible students from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. Students can also register to receive a package containing toiletry items, meats, and fresh vegetables from Mimi’s Pantry as available.


To Be Eligible for Pantry Food Services Students MUST:
  • Be a full-time student at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, or Spelman College.
  • Provide Proof of Need – Demonstrate a meal plan with 150 or less meals per Semester**
Recipients from Spelman College: 
  1. Must Display Valid Spelman College ID
  2. Show Proof of a Commuter Meal Plan or less
Recipients from Morehouse College:
  1. Must Display Valid Morehouse College ID
  2. Show Proof of Plan D or E
Recipients from Clark Atlanta University
  1. Must Display Valid Clark Atlanta University College ID
  2. Show Proof of a Meal Plan with Block 130 or less (Block 60, Block 30)



Mimi’s Pantry is open weekdays during business hours for questions or concerns.
Distribution of food bags are scheduled as your registration is verified for:
Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday – Friday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
We will be closed in accordance with Clark Atlanta University’s operating calendar.



Non-Perishable food donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday at the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. To schedule a food drop-off, contact us @ mimispantry@loweryinstitute.org or call us at 404-524-8406 or click the link below to make a financial donation to our pantry.​

For information about volunteering at Mimi’s Pantry, or to inquire about ways to sponsor a food drive to benefit the pantry, please contact us via email at mimispantry@loweryinstitute.org.  Mimi’s Pantry is staffed by the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute Change Agents. For those interested in learning how to serve as a Change Agent, please contact info@loweryinstitute.org.


  • Tuna
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sweet Relish
  • Shelf Milk
  • Assorted Individual Cereal box
  • Grits Packets/Oatmeal Packets
  • Fresh Oranges
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Bar Soap
  • Deodorantr
  • Fresh Apples
  • Fresh Pears
  • Canned Chili w & w/o beans
  • Black Beans
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Individual Microwave Rice
  • Feminine Products
  • Toothpaste 

Pantry Locations

Mimi’s Pantry is located at the Thomas Cole Science and Research Center at Clark Atlanta University. The Pantry is housed on the second floor, in Suite 217.
The Thomas Cole Science and Research Center
Suite 217
266 Lee Ln
Atlanta, GA, 30314


  • AllConnect
  • Azalea City Links
  • Cascade United Methodist Church
  • CAU Cares
  • Connections Church
  • Dogwood City Links
  • Dr. Simon’s “Fill the Pantry”
  • Jack and Jill 5th Grade Group
  • Marc & Geraldine Norwood
  • Adefemi and Adefola Olateru
  • Spelman College President’s Office