Welcome to THE STORE, a Career Closet and Food Pantry for Carson-Newman University students in need of professional attire and/or facing food insecurities.  The Career Closet, located in Baker Building Room 312, provides students access to professional and business casual attire for job hunting and course presentations. The Food Pantry, located in Baker Building Room 310, offers food (perishable and non-perishable) and hygiene products for students.

THE STORE is open this semester Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10 AM – 4 PM and Tuesday/Thursday from 11 AM – 4 PM. Shopping is also available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call the Student Success Center at 865-471-3567 or email 

All items from THE STORE are FREE to all current C-N students.

Welcome to the Career Closet, a resource for students requiring professional attire for career fairs, interviews, presentations, internships, and the workplace. The Career Closet offers a variety of business casual and professional clothing at no cost to current Carson-Newman students. “Shoppers” keep all clothing to continue building their professional wardrobe.   All clothing is generously donated by the C-N faculty and staff, alumni, churches, and the business community. 

The Career Closet is a resource of the C-N Career Development Center.  In addition to clothing, students are encouraged to utilize the services provided as they transition from the academic to professional arena. These include resumes, interview skills, post-undergraduate preparation, and more. 

Welcome to the Food Pantry, a resource providing non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products for all current C-N students. This resource is a free service and is available to both on-campus and commuter students. Food and personal products are generously donated by C-N faculty and staff, alumni, churches, and the business community. 

Food insecurities have become an issue on university campuses and have a direct impact on a student’s success. Over 48% of students currently face food insecurities, and 81% admit to this problem harming their academic performance.* Hunger can impact sleep, studying, and social engagement. The Student Success Center hopes to fill the gap and support our C-N students to ensure academic success. 

*Sources: American Association of Colleges & Universities, Center for Law & Social Policy

Donate time and talent – THE STORE relies on volunteer support from our students, staff, and community at large. They are necessary to maintain business hours, manage food & clothing donations, merchandise items, and assist students with their shopping needs. Students may fulfill service hours through THE STORE.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Career closet/Food Pantry attendant 
  • Marketing 
  • Event Planning & Support
  • Video/Photography 
  • Organization – Inventory & Restock
  • Fashion Merchandising 

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this VOLUNTEER FORM

DONATE food and clothing – We could not sustain this resource without the generosity of donors at C-N, our alumni, and the Lakeway community. There is always a need for non-perishable food, personal hygiene products, and professional attire for our students. Those who wish to donate to THE STORE may drop items to the Student Success Center, located on the 2nd floor of the library. from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Feel free to call ahead (865-471-3567) if you would like to schedule a drive-by donation.

Career Closet items for men and women (all sizes requested):

  • suits
  • sport coats
  • slacks
  • dress shirts
  • dresses
  • skirts
  • pantsuits
  • blouses
  • shoes
  • accessories (ties, belts, scarves, jewelry, purses)

Pantry Item Needs:

Donate money – THE STORE shops periodically for necessary food and clothing lacking in size, style, and purpose to provide all needed items for our students.  Please consider making a financial contribution to support the needs of our students. Gifts can be made online (Under “Designation: Fund” dropdown, select “Other”. In “Specify gift designation”, type “The Store”;) C-N faculty and staff may commit to THE STORE monthly giving program through the payroll deduction.