Food Center and Pantry

 

We are located on the ground floor of the Student Union, along Maryland Ave.

Spring 2024 Hours:

Mondays: CLOSED

Tuesdays: Open 10 AM- 2 PM by appointment only 4/16/24 Food Center and Pantry Sign Up (signupgenius.com)

Wednesdays: 4 PM to 5 PM

Thursdays: Open 9 AM to 1 PM

Fridays: Open 8 AM to 1 PM

How to access the UWM Food Center and Pantry

A link will be posted above each week with a sign-up sheet for Tuesdays, which requires an appointment to use the pantry. Please navigate to that link each week to sign up. If the link is not yet posted, it will be posted no later than the Monday before open hours. Please do not sign up for more than one timeslot or for multiple slots. Students who do this will be removed from the sign-up sheet in order to allow others to use the resource. Please make note of your appointment time and arrive on time. You will not be able to use the pantry early and we cannot guarantee space will be available if you miss your appointment, so please plan accordingly.

  1. Check in at the desk.
  2. Provide the volunteer your active UWM email or UWM ID. If your email is not active, you will not be able to use the UWM Food Center & Pantry.
  3. Grab a bag and pick items you would like. All patrons are limited to 1 bag per visit.
  4. If you would like fridge or freezer items, please ask the attendant who will get the items for you.
  5. You are permitted to use the pantry once a week.

Our Partners:

The UWM Food Center and Pantry is grateful for our partnerships with Feeding America and the Milwaukee Diaper Mission.

Other pantries in the Milwaukee area:

Map of Local Pantries near you. Just enter the zip code or address of where you are staying. You can also dial 211 from a phone for emergency food assistance and other community resources.

Fresh Picks Mobile Market:

The Hunger Task Force Fresh Picks Mobile Market offers fresh produce, meat, and dairy items at a discount. The market accepts debit cards, credit cards and Quest EBT. The Fresh Picks Mobile Market visits various locations throughout the Milwaukee Area. Check out their calendar to find a location near you.

Food Share (SNAP):

College students who meet certain criteria are eligible for Food Share. Students can apply on the Wisconsin Access site. Students must be at least 1/2 time enrolled and meet one of the following criteria:

  • be either eligible for work study (whether or not you are employed), or
  • have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0. This is based the student’s FAFSA application.

Want to help support the UWM Food Center & Pantry?

  • Our Amazon Wishlist: From time to time we’ll be posting high need items on our social media, but the most straightforward way to order is through Amazon! You can use our wish list, or just order from your own Amazon account and have it delivered to 2200 E Kenwood Blvd., ATTN: Food Center & Pantry, Milwaukee, WI 53211.
  • Donate through the UWM Foundation: Go UWM.edu/give, click “Give Now”, Click on Other Funds and enter Food pantry in the search box.
  • Volunteer with us! Email foodassist@uwm.edu for our current volunteer shifts.
  • Learn more about how to support the FCP with our FCP Partnership Packet!

Addressing Food Insecurity Among College Students

During Fall 2016, the Student Association (SA) conducted a campus 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. Our mission is to ensure that the entire UWM community has access to nutritious food and key necessities in a welcoming and educational space. We collect demographic information and a variety of other data to improve processes and ensure that it is equitable, inclusive and accessible to meet the needs of the UWM diverse student population. If you have questions, please email UWM Food Center and Pantry at foodassist@uwm.edu Find us on Facebook!