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April 28, 2020

Food pantry, emergency grants help students in need during all-remote spring quarter


UW News
A volunteer fills a basket of groceries for an online order

The UW Food Pantry has shifted to an online ordering system for spring quarter. Volunteers place items for each order in baskets, and customers bag their own. Olivia Hagan/U. of Washington

At the University of Washington’s food pantry, the shelves are stocked with cans, jars, boxes and bags, but not for customers to browse. The storefront on the street level of Poplar Hall is open, but only for shoppers to grab and go.

And business? Steady.

This is the new UW Pantry: Still providing free food to anyone with a Husky Card, but for the all-remote spring quarter, accepting only online orders. With fewer students currently living in the University District and on campus, the number of orders is half of normal — about 150 a week — but has stayed consistent. Nearly one-fourth of recent customers are new.

Continue reading, and learn more about the emergency aid available for students, at uw.edu/news.