Located in Poplar Hall, our entrance is on the north side of the building at Brooklyn and 41st.

The UW Food Pantry provides food assistance to students, staff, and faculty who for whatever reason are having a hard time putting food on their plate.  It could be the result of a short-term disruption in your finances, a food desert in your community, or a lack of access to other financial assistance.  If you are making a choice between the food you need to sustain a healthy life and other pressing priorities we call this experience food insecurity.  To learn more about food insecurity, especially what it looks like for students please visit this page (LINK to come).

To shop at the Pantry all you need is your Husky ID.  Current students, staff, and faculty are invited to shop one time per week.

Our location provides street-level access, connections to public transportation, and open drop-in hours for the UW community on an ongoing basis.

UW Pantry hours

Summer Quarter 2019 (until September 20, 2019):
Tuesday   2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday   2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Thursday   9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Closed 9/23 – 9/27

Autumn quarter hours (9/30 – 12/13):
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

If you ever need food and we are not open or you need something we don’t provide please visit our community partner, the University District Food Bank, or email uwpantry@uw.edu for additional resources.

Food drives

Items of need

The UW Food Pantry is currently soliciting the following high need items:

  • Canned meats
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Stocks, broths, bases, and sauces of all kinds
  • Food appropriate for diverse diets, including halal, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, etc.
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cooking oils
  • Canned soup
  • Oatmeal and granola
  • Boxed milk, evaporated milk, and unsweetened alternative milks
  • Fruit preserves and spreads
  • Chili
  • Boxed mac + cheese, other ready-to-eat meals
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Jars of baby food
  • Household Item (e.g. bar soap, toilet paper, paper towels)

How do I host a food drive?

You are welcome to host a food drive at any time and we have created this resource page (LINK) to help you do so.  If you would like support from staff at the UW Food Pantry or access to food drive bins, assistance with transportation, and co-promotion of your efforts please fill out this interest form.

For food drives supported by the Pantry staff you can anticipate food bins to be dropped off on Friday and picked up on a following Friday 1 or 2 weeks away based on your preference.  If you are hosting a 1 day drive we will do our best to work with you to arrange logistical support but may need to work within our normal Friday transportation schedule.

What makes a food drive successful?

The most successful food drives have a short window of 1-2 weeks that creates a sense of urgency to donate or are part of a single event like a party, lecture, or moving screening.

Creating a drive that is targeted a few products or types of products can be really helpful as well.

Volunteer with us!

What are the different volunteer roles?

The UW Food Pantry relies on the support of students, staff, faculty, and other community members to keep the doors open and food on the shelves. Volunteers are needed both during our open shopping hours and outside of them as part of our Gleaning Team. We have volunteer opportunities available to:

  • welcome and orient shoppers
  • sort food drive donations and deliveries, and stock shelves
  • load, transport, and unload food drive donations from around campus,
  • collect, transport, and unload fresh food items gleaned from UW dining locations
  • work at the UW Farm to prepare and transport fresh produce for the Pantry
  • table and outreach at campus events to promote the Pantry

How do I sign up?

Please fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering for. We currently do not have group volunteer opportunities.

Who can volunteer

Currently the UW volunteer opportunities are available to UW students, staff, faculty, and retirees.

Contact the staff

Christina Sun, UW Pantry Coordinator, provides leadership for UW Food Pantry operations and serves as a liaison to campus and community partners. uwpantry@uw.edu

Vacant, UW Pantry Assistant Coordinator, supports UW Food Pantry operations, and provides leadership for food drives and communications.  givefood@uw.edu

Vacant, Fresh Food and Sustainability Intern, provides supervision to gleaning efforts to recapture food waste from pre-packaged HFS meals and UW Farm produce. glean@uw.edu

FAQ

What is the UW Food Pantry?

The UW Food Pantry aims to address student, staff, and faculty food insecurity through providing supplemental shelf-stable and nonperishable groceries, household items, and community resources at no cost.

Where is the UW Food Pantry?

We are located at 1311 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98103. We are across the street from Henry’s Taiwan Kitchen and next to the UW Arts Ticket Office.

What do I need to bring during a visit?

You will need to show a valid UW Husky ID to enter and check in. Please bring reusable grocery bags to carry your items home with you. (We have some on hand, but they run out very quickly).

What is the UW Food Pantry toolkit?

You can utilize our toolkit to help market our resources, services, and food drives. Check out the toolkit here.

Where can I find resources on campus?

Access food

For resources related to food insecurity, please check out our Get Food page.

Mental health

In response to the rising prevalence of mental health concerns among students, Student Life has led a multi-year collaborative effort to increase access to timely help and critical resources through a single, streamlined online student wellness portal.

Husky Health & Well-Being connects the work of the Counseling Center, Hall Health, LiveWell, Resilience Lab, SafeCampus, UW Recreation, and more, and has been student-fueled from the start.

Where can I find nearby resources?

The U-District Food Bank accepts all individuals with a Husky ID and offers a wide selection of food that we may not have in stock. Their address is 5017 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 and has the following hours for their walk-in food bank:

Monday 9:00 – 3:00 pm
Tuesday 2:00 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 2:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 – 4:00 pm

Please find more information about what they offer on their website.

Food Bank Manager

What is Food Bank Manager?

Food Bank Manager is the Pantry’s new customer relationship management system.  Through Food Bank Manager the Pantry will hopefully be able to better understand shoppers and their needs, organize and track volunteers, produce reports that support our funding partners, and communicate with all relevant audiences.

Privacy Notice?

Information pending.

Pantry Affiliations

The Food Pantry is a member of the following organizations:

College and University Food Bank Alliance

Washington Food Coalition