Ensuring the entire UWM community has nutritious food and key necessities in a welcoming and educational space.
May 8th, 2017
During Fall 2016, the Student Association (SA) conducted a student-wide survey addressing food insecurity. From those survey results (see here), we learned that roughly 50% of UWM students report not having enough food to eat. For some, this might seem like a surprising statistic, but for half of the UWM student population, this is their reality.
Since then, SA has hosted events engaging students, faculty, and administration around addressing this issue. SA helped assemble a group of UWM students, student organizations, centers, and staff to start planning a food pantry that will open on the third floor of the Union starting in January 2018. Through these efforts, we have raised almost $1500 through the “round up program,” $6500 through direct monetary donations to the foundation account, and over 2,100 lbs of food through food drives. Many thanks to those of you who have contributed thus far!
The UWM Food Center and Pantry will be open every 4th Monday from 9am-1:30pm and every 4th Thursday from 5pm-9pm.
For students that cannot access the pantry during these days, you can go to the Dean of Students office, Inclusive Excellence Center, LGBT Resource Center or Student Association office to get key access.
The UWM Food Center and Pantry are always looking for non-perishable food items and toiletries. To the left is a list of donations we are currently accepting.
We are always looking for students to serve on various functional teams to help with the strategic planning of the UWM Food Center and Pantry. Functional teams include: Food Drive and Fundraising; Outreach and Program Development; Marketing and Communications. We are also looking for food pantry volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 20th, 2018 Dakota Crowell sat down with WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello to talk about the UWM Food Center and Pantry. To hear Dakota's interview check out the story here.
In tandem with opening the pantry, we’re gathering input from students on how they’d advise being supported in campus-wide anti-hunger efforts. Some efforts include hiring several members of a Student Advisory Board (SAB). SAB members will gather input from UWM students who may be vulnerable to food insecurity. The goal is to shape the UWM Food Center and Pantry in a way to meet students’ food needs in a non-exploitive, personally, and socially acceptable way. The SAB will also assist with the strategic planning and provide direction for formalizing executive and operational functions.
We have begun hosting the Hunger Task Force Fresh Picks Mobile Market, which offers fresh produce, meat, and dairy items at a discount. The Market is on the UWM Campus at the corner of Kenwood Blvd. and Maryland Ave. on the following Thursdays: January 4th, February 8th, March 8th, April 5th, and May 10th. The market accepts debit cards, credit cards and Quest EBT.
If you have questions, please email UWM Food Center and Pantry at email@example.com