UW News

November 1, 2018

UW opens permanent food pantry on campus

UW News

 

Studies suggest that as many as 25 percent of college students nationwide do not get enough food. That’s one of the reasons why the University of Washington on Thursday opened a new, permanent food pantry.

Located on the west side of campus in Poplar Hall, the 700-square-foot space provides free, nonperishable groceries and select fresh produce. Anyone with a Husky Identification Card is eligible to receive support and may make as many visits as necessary.

“Consistent access to ample, nutritious food is a critical component of our students’ overall health and wellness, but this can quickly become out of reach for those confronting numerous financial pressures. The pantry meets an urgent need for many, especially students, and is key to long-term success in the classroom and beyond,” said Denzil J. Suite, vice president for Student Life.

 

 

The UW has provided food assistance at various locations since 2016, previously operating a monthly “pop-up” food pantry out of two on-campus locations. With the new location, the “Any Hungry Husky” program expands to provide consistent, regular support, operating four days a week instead of twice a month. By housing the pantry in a permanent location near public transportation, those wishing to utilize the pantry can plan their visits around this easily accessible location.

Demand for the food bank has been high since it opened. During the 2016 pilot, 100 individuals visited the food bank; over the last academic year, the pantry served more than 700 people.

Visitors typically take up to three bags full of sanitary items, non-perishable goods and some fresh foods. The program is exploring ways to provide more produce and fresh-food in the future.

The food pantry relies on a mix of food donations, monetary donations and other funds to keep the shelves stocked, and on volunteers to keep the doors open.

The pantry, located at 1302 N.E. Campus Pkwy (with the entrance on 41st Street Northeast), is open during the following hours:

  • Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 3:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 3:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Fridays 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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For more information, please contact Sean Ferris at ferris3@uw.edu.