Projects - Addressing Food Insecurity

Addressing Food Insecurity

Breaking the stigma and alleviating hunger in our campus community.

Questions/Get Involved: Contact Dakota

Other campus life projects:

Kognito Program

Bystander Intervention Program

Addressing Food Insecurity Among College Students

May 8th, 2017

During the Fall 2016 semester, the Student Association created a student-wide survey addressing food insecurity. From those survey results, the Student Association has hosted events engaging students, faculty, and administration around this issue in hopes to create a task force to get commitments from different departments to help alleviate hunger on our campus. We are working on creating an on-campus food pantry, working on food recovery efforts, and connecting students to community resources.

From our efforts, we have created a report for students and faculty to read that highlights the major takeaways from the data and gives recommendations for moving forward. It is clear that food insecurity and hunger are affecting students at UWM. The Student Association at UWM hopes this report will help make students, faculty, and staff more aware of the prevalence of food insecurity on campus and offer potential solutions. This report will provide guidance and inspiration to those dedicated to addressing food insecurity at UWM.

Report can be found here.


How to Help Support the UWM Food Pantry

  1. Make a one time or recurring money donation through UWM's online giving form (found here) . Under designation, select "Other" and type in "UWM Food Pantry" or "UWM Foundation Account #83180"
  2. Round up your transaction to the nearest dollar at any register in the Union or Sandburg Hall.
  3. Drop off check donations payable to "UWM Foundation" to the Student Association office (Union EG79) or the Student Association Profession Staff (SAPS) office (Union WG10)
  4. Drop off non-perishable food (visit SA website for types of food) in donation bins located outside the SA office (Union EG79) or the Dean of Students office (Mellencamp 118).
  5. Donate non-perishable food to our Fall Food Drive running October 1st through October 31st


The UWM Food Pantry is currently open in the Dean of Students (DoS) office in Mellencamp 118. To use the pantry, students can stop by during DoS office hours (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, the office is closed on Thursdays, 11am to Noon). Special accommodations can be made by emailing The food pantry will relocate to its permanent space on the third floor of the Union (in the old Kenwood Inn) starting January 2018.


UWM Food Pantry Fall Food Drive 

October 1st-October 31st

The October Food Drive will help build a donation base for the opening of the UWM Food Pantry which will be developed further throughout this coming Fall semester. We would like to begin the semester with a collection of non-perishable food items so that we can serve our students immediately.

Please consider donating the following items:

  1. Canned fruits - ex: peaches, applesauce (100% juice/no added sugar)
  2. Canned vegetables - ex: corn, spaghetti sauce (low sodium)
  3. Grains - ex: white/brown rice, whole grain pasta
  4. Proteins - ex: canned chicken/tuna, peanut butter (lean, plant/animal based proteins)
  5.  Dairy - ex: boxed milk/non-perishable milk alternatives
  6. Baby Food/Formula

Collection bins will be located in Student Involvement, the Center for International Education, the Inclusive Excellence Center, the Dean of Students office, Chapman Hall, Union Information and The Children's Learning Center.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Alyssa Molinski at