The Cupboard is a food pantry open to any current UWSP student
who needs emergency or supplemental food.
Thousands of students receive need-based financial aid and hundreds
are enrolled in food assistance and WIC programs. Many more students
encounter short-term financial emergencies and find themselves
choosing between buying food and paying other bills. The Cupboard was
created to help students meet their basic needs so that they can
focus on succeeding in school.
The Cupboard is staffed by student volunteers. A committee of
dedicated volunteers organize food drives, raise awareness, and
recruit volunteers. If you’d like to get involved, please email
Sage Lefebvre at CASEcoc@uwsp.edu
Any current student can utilize the pantry!
There are two ways you can access the pantry:
1. Visit the Cupboard During Walk In Hours. We are located on the lower level of the Dreyfus University Center in room 061. Hours vary each semester based on volunteer staff availability. Check out our SPIN page for current times, or submit an online request.
The Cupboard in SPIN
The LAST day to use the Cupboard walk-in hours will be
the last Wednesday of regular classes each semester.
We accept online orders anytime, including during finals week and all summer.
2. Fill Out an Online Request Form.
Can’t make it during open hours or would prefer to not come to The
Cupboard? No problem! Fill out this request form. Volunteers will pack a
box of groceries based on your preferences and leave it for you at the
front desk of Campus Activities & Student Engagement on the lower level of the DUC. You will
receive an email when your package is ready for pick up.
What information will we ask for?
- We will ask you to provide your first name and show your student
ID Your Student ID will be scanned through a card scanner to verify
that you are a current student. It will record basic
demographic information such as your age and gender. It will be electronically stored making it confidential. If you have any questions about using the card scanner, please email Sage Lefebvre at CASEcoc@uwsp.edu
- You will be asked to read and sign a liability waiver for the food received.
- You will NOT be asked to provide any financial information.
- We will not share your information with anyone, including Financial Aid.
What will I receive?
Cupboard's inventory is collected through donations, partnerships, and shopping
as needed. We will do our best to provide you with a variety of protein, fruit,
vegetable, and grain items. We also provide perishable items to promote well
balanced meals. Perishable items are only available by visiting The Cupboard,
not through online orders. Toiletries are often available but items vary.
How often can I visit?
We will ask that you visit The Cupboard no more than once per week, but we will never turn someone away who needs assistance.
All volunteers are screened through an application process,
attend a volunteer orientation and sign a confidentiality and code
of ethics agreement.