Pack and Give Back - Free Store

Pack and give back logo overlaying the Marcy Holmes and Como area map

Just because you're finished doesn't mean your stuff is finished.


Move-out season in student housing neighborhoods is an exciting time. The next big moving adventure, whether it’s across the street, across the neighborhood, or back home for the summer, is on everyone’s mind.  It’s the time when students with a car find out how many friends they have, others find out how much a rental truck costs, and everyone realizes how many stairs are in their new house. It’s the time of year when we realize what we don’t really need, and these items end up on the curb. Most of these cast-offs are picked up on trash routes and end up in the dumpster.  We can do better than that!
The University of Minnesota ReUse Program started “Pack & Give Back” in May of 2013, an initiative aimed at reducing waste generated by students moving at the beginning and end of each semester. Partnerships with local non-profits also help facilitate distribution of reusable items that might otherwise end up in landfills. This event targets students, but is open to all residents in the Marcy-Holmes, Southeast Como, Prospect Park, and Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods*.

The ReUse Program Warehouse is open for donation drop-offs from June 1st to August 28th, 9am-3pm Monday-Friday.  Items collected on campus by the ReUse Program, or brought to the ReUse warehouse by students and neighborhood residents, will be part of the program's "Free Store". Based out of the ReUse warehouse (883 29th Avenue SE), all items in the Free Store will be offered free of charge to students from August 29th to September 9th. Residents of neighborhoods Marcy-Holmes, Southeast Como, Cedar-Riverside, and Prospect Park may also shop the Free Store during the last week of the sale if they have made a donation. 

DO NOT drop materials outside the ReUse warehouse overnight.  This is considered illegal dumping and will be prosecuted.  Materials for donation can only be accepted during normal business hours.  Violators will be prosecuted.

Since its inception, the Pack and Give Back program has diverted over 300k pounds of household items from landfills, and back to students and the neighborhood.




Free Store Open Hours

Monday, 8/28 - 8am-3pm
Tuesday, 8/29 - 8am-3pm
Wednesday, 8/30 - 8am-3pm
Thursday, 8/31 - 8am-8pm
Friday, 9/1 - 8am-3pm
Saturday, 9/2 - 12pm-4pm (ReUse-A-Palooza Bike Sale!)
Sunday, 9/3 - CLOSED
Monday, 9/4 - Labor Day CLOSED
Tuesday, 9/5 - 8am-3pm
Wednesday, 9/6 - 8am-3pm
Thursday, 9/7 - 8am-8pm
Friday, 9/8 - 8am-3pm
Saturday, 9/9 - 12pm-4pm 


University students and residents of Marcy-Holmes, Southeast Como, Prospect Park, and Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods*


The free store will be located at the ReUse Program warehouse:

883 29th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414


To prevent reusable items from entering the landfill.

*For residents of the four neighborhoods to shop at the free store, a donation must be made during the drop-off period (June 1–August 24).

For questions, call (612) 626-9152

News Stories

Star Tribune news article about Pack & Give Back.

MN Daily news article about the first Pack & Give Back

University of Minnesota news piece about the Pack & Give Back pilot program.