The Food Pantry is changing our operation

Online Order Form

As of April, 7 we will no longer offer in-Pantry shopping. All visitors are required to fill in an online order form and we will prepare your items for you. This transition should reduce contact time and ensure we can provide our service to you in the safest and most effective way possible. How will it work?

  • We recommend you order ahead of  time. Using our online form you can select the food you want as well as the day and time block you want to pick up your food.  If ordering ahead is not possible you can order in person when you arrive.
    • If you are a new shopper we welcome you to fill out the order form and we’ll tell you more when you arrive. 
    • Bring your Husky ID when you pick up your food. 
    • Normal operating hours apply.
  • We will prepare your order for you.  If you have ordered ahead we will attempt to have your food ready for you when you arrive.
  • For those who have ordered ahead we will work to move you through the line faster.  
  • Please bring your own bag(s).  We will have bags for those who can’t provide their own.
  • We anticipate a wait at the door, please be prepared for that by bringing an umbrella, jacket, a book, a podcast to listen to etc. 

Thank you for your patience with us as we all navigate the changing times together. The form can be found here.  

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. 

UW Pantry location and hours

Poplar Hall, 210
1311 NE 41st St.
Enter through the north side of the building at Brooklyn and 41st.

Summer quarter hours (6/15 – 8/21)

Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm

Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday 10 am – 6 pm

Friday 10 am – 1pm

What to bring to the Food Pantry

  • Your valid Husky ID.  Current students, staff, and faculty are invited to shop one time per week.
  • Please bring reusable grocery bags to carry your items. We have some on hand, but they run out very quickly.

If you ever need food when we are closed 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 and donations

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 can I donate food as an individual?

We accept donations of shelf stable items and hygiene products from individuals at our Poplar Hall location during our opening hours. We accept shelf stable sealed food that has expired up to 6 months from the current date. We currently cannot accept items that need to be refrigerated, frozen or have been previously opened.

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 movie screening.

Creating a drive that targets 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

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

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

Julia Meyer, 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

Nathan Richter, Community Resources, provides support and information on the resources available through the university, city and state. pantrysupport@uw.edu

FAQ

What do I need to bring during a visit to the Food Pantry?

  • A valid UW Husky ID to enter and check in.
  • Please bring reusable grocery bags to carry your items. 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