​The Cupboard FAQ


 Does hunger and poverty really exist among college students?


Yes. Thousands of UWSP students qualify for need-based financial aid. Hundreds are enrolled in programs such as WIC and Food Share.  50% of The Cupboard’s clients are 21 and older and 75% live off campus.


 What is The Cupboard?


The Cupboard is a student-run food pantry that serves enrolled UWSP students. The Cupboard’s mission is to support students’ academic success by providing emergency and supplemental food.


 What is food insecurity?


Food insecurity means that individuals or families are so limited in their resources to buy food that they are running out of food, reducing the quality of their food, cutting out protein, eating unbalanced meals, or skipping meals.


 How does The Cupboard help?


We provide free emergency food assistance to all UWSP registered students. We do not ask for financial information from students because we recognize that for some students, their food insecurity is temporary and just need a little help to get by. Each student client receives between 12 and 18 pounds of non-perishable food items and toiletries each visit.


 How many students does The Cupboard help?


The Cupboard serves between 20 and 60 students each week.


 How does The Cupboard obtain food?


We rely solely on food and monetary donations from students, faculty, staff, and community partners.


 This sounds like a lot of work. How does The Cupboard get it all done?


We get it all done with an enormous amount of help from dedicated volunteers, concerned campus and community members, and a paid student coordinator. Volunteers are the heart and soul of The Cupboard. We simply could not operate without the help of our 12 student pantry volunteers and our CUP-Board of Directors.


 Why are food drives important?


All of the items we distribute are donated.  Weekly contents of bags are based on our inventory at any given time.


 What time of the year is The Cupboard in most critical need of donations?


We always have a need for donations and never turn them away.


 What types of food is The Cupboard collecting?

  • pasta
  • rice
  • instant potatoes
  • macaroni and cheese
  • cereal
  • pancake mix
  • oatmeal
  • whole grains
  • boxed meals
Fruits and Vegetables
  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • canned soup
  • 100% fruit juice
  • jelly
  • canned meat
  • beef stew
  • tuna
  • canned chilli
  • peanut butter and other nut butters
  • canned and dried beans
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • toothpaste and tooth brushes
  • deodorant
  • diapers

 Can I donate money?


Yes. Financial donations are also greatly needed in order to keep staple food items stocked. Our goal is to provide the healthiest food possible. We use cash donations to purchase food when we are low on food donations. To make a donation, please make the check payable to the “UWSP Foundation” with “The Cupboard fund #4890” in the memo line and mail to: UWSP Foundation, 2100 Main St., Stevens Point, WI 54481. Your gift is tax-deductible.


 Can The Cupboard pick up my collected food?


We can pick up donations from any campus location. Please contact sieococ@uwsp.edu or call 346-2260 to schedule a pick up.


 Can The Cupboard provide collection boxes?


We have a limited number of collection bins. These work out great because they are on wheels. Please contact us for details.


 Where is The Cupboard located?


We accept donations at the Student Involvement and Employment Office during our regular business hours – Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The SIEO is located in the Dreyfus University Center, room 050. The Cupboard is located just down the hall in DUC 061. The Cupboard has walk in hours each week that vary from semester to semester. Please check our web site for current hours.


 Can I donate other items other than food?


The Cupboard appreciates toiletry donations; including: soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and diapers, and toilet paper.