A delivery truck from Feeding America backs into the Student Union loading dock to deliver crates of food for the food pantry. UWM began partnering with Feeding America at the start of the school year. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Pallets of supplies are unloaded from the truck. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Student services coordinator Krystal McCain helps to unload boxes of food. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Rick Thomas, director of the Student Union, gives directions to the staff and student employees and thanks them for their hard work. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Student Union employee Nicholas Wesell unloads food item from boxes brought in from the trucks. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Student Association board member Katie Malek helps to organize food to more efficiently pack the bags and ensure each has the correct number of items. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Student Association treasurer Stefan Johnathan Rudel grabs a bottle of juice for a grocery bag being packed up. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Food is organized before being packed up for distribution. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Student Union student employee Juniper Lilly Anna Beatty does a final check on the bags. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Student Union student employee Mazen Eyad Ghani retrieves a bag for a UWM student. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Mazen Eyad Ghani sets down the bag on the table outside the door so that a patron may safely take the bag from the table without any contact. (UWM photo/Elora Hennessey)
As the coronavirus crisis rises, the UWM Food Center and Pantry is rising to meet the need, providing hundreds of bags of food via contactless, curbside distribution.
Distribution takes place every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patrons receive a bag with about one week’s worth of food. Special bags are available for those with dietary restrictions, including nut free, gluten free, pork free, vegetarian and vegan.
In the past three weeks, the pantry has distributed more than 450 bags of groceries to members of the UWM community, including those at the Waukesha and Washington County campuses.
The food pantry has partnered with Feeding America but is greatly in need of donations, particularly monetary. Donations can be made through the UWM Foundation: Head to UWM.edu/give, click “Give Now” and select “UWM Food Pantry.” This ensures your donation goes directly to the food pantry. The food pantry has set up an Amazon wishlist also for those wishing to help.
Check the food pantry webpage for more information, including instructions for pickup of groceries.