Office of the VP for Student Life

September 19, 2016

Any Hungry Husky – UW Food Pantry

uw food pantry

We’re excited to launch the brand new Any Hungry Husky website!

Last year, the Division of Student Life launched UW’s first food pantry in order to address food insecurity on campus. This issue has become a growing problem due to increases in tuition and the rising cost of living in Seattle. Across the country, students and staff are forced to choose between eating regular, wholesome meals, or paying for books, rent, childcare, etc.

The Pantry operated its first full quarter this autumn 2016, holding five pop-up pantries in the HUB and the Ethnic Cultural Center. We served 265 UW students, staff and faculty and distributed over 2000 pounds of food. Our many generous campus partners donated more than 80% of the food that was distributed and funds that helped us fill in the holes.

uw food pantry farmNext year, the Pantry will be back in action beginning January 18th from 6-8pm in the ECC. Additional dates, times, and locations will be posted on our Facebook page. Students and staff who are interested in volunteering may fill out this interest form online.

We depend on donations, both food and monetary, to keep the Pantry stocked with healthy food options. Donations can be dropped off at the Ethnic Cultural Center Monday-Friday from 9-5, or at the HUB by appointment. If you’re interested in making a monetary gift to help address food insecurity and hunger in the UW community, we accept donations through the Husky Hunger Relief Fund.

If you’re a campus department, group, or organization looking to host a food drive, please fill out this form to provide us with all the necessary information. We accept donations of unopened shelf-stable, non-perishable items including:

  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Canned chicken, tuna, and salmon
  • Soups and stews
  • Peanut or other nut butters
  • Shelf-stable milk/alternatives
  • Cereal
  • Cooking oil
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, etc.)

foodpantry3The University of Washington has also introduced Food Security Grants for students who have a short-term, immediate need. Students can apply for a $100 grant to spend on food at a UW HFS Facility. To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, visit the Food Security Grant information page.

For updates and reminders about the food pantry, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Questions or comments? Interested in volunteering?

Contact us at or 206.543.4972