The Campus Cupboard is a food pantry for KU students, faculty, staff, and affiliates. It was created to address and reduce food insecurity among our campus community. The Campus Cupboard is located on Level 4 of the Kansas Union and accessible from both the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center.
The University of Kansas Campus Cupboard's mission is to reduce food insecurity among our campus community, including students, faculty, staff, and university affiliates in need.
Practice respect, take what you need.
Spring 2024 Hours:
The Campus Cupboard is open to all enrolled students, faculty and staff.
Individuals are allowed 15 points per visit, 1-2 times per week.
Personal care, hygiene and kitchen items do not have a point value, but limit 3 items per person. No limits on produce.
The following items pack the most nutrition and are most needed in the Campus Cupboard and other community food pantries:
- Canned Vegetables (< 230 mg sodium)
- Canned Fruit (light or no syrup)
- Canned Meats (< 480 mg sodium), including Tuna and Chicken
- Canned Soup with Vegetables (< 230 mg sodium)
- Cereal (hot or cold)
- Nuts, Seeds, Nut Butters
- Whole Wheat Bread, Tortillas, Pasta, Brown Rice
- Gluten-free pasta, crackers, breads
- Granola bars
In addition to these items, the Campus Cupboard is in need of the following (please do not donate perishable items or utensils at Food Drive collection points):
- Fresh Vegetables
- Milk and Milk alternatives
- Yogurt, Cheese
- Fresh produce
- Cooking oil
- Spices and food seasonings
- Small kitchen utensils - can opener, paring knife, small pots and pans
- Soap, Deodorant, Shampoo, Menstrual Products
- Toilet Paper
The Campus Cupboard has a refrigerator and a freezer.
- KU's Emergency Aid Network connects KU students who need campus and community financial resources.
- Student Money Management Service empowers students to analyze their finances, make sound decisions and take control of their financial lives while at KU and beyond.
- Student Support and Case Management provides support and empowers students who are experiencing obstacles or challenges during their time at KU.
- Just Food is the food bank in Douglas County, supplying more than 40 partner agencies with frozen aeat and fresh produce as well as bread and food donated from community drives. Just Food specializes in direct client service through programs like Just Grow and Just Cook.
- Visit the Westwood House Cupboard every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at 1421 W 19th St.
- Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (L.I.N.K) provides free homemade meals to individuals and families. Everyone is welcome with no questions asked. Serving times are 1-2PM on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at First Christian Church.
- Ecumencial Campus Ministries provides a free Veggie Lunch every Thursday from 11:30AM-1:00PM. While school is in session.
- Visit Harvesters to find other food resources throughout the community.
- Ballard Center provides a mobile food pantry on the third Wednesday every month at 9AM at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
- The United Way of Douglas County connects residents to a wide range of emergency services. Download their resource guide or dial 2-1-1 or visit 211 of Kansas to find the community support you need.
- See if you are eligible to apply for SNAP benefits.