Food Center & Pantry

Fall 2020 COVID-19 Operations Update:

Distribution Hours

Every Thursday from 11am – 2pm

We are working on opening an additional day – hours tbd!

For Fall 2020, we will be returning to a shopping model, this time hosted in the 8th Note Coffeehouse space on the first floor of the Union. Folks are expected to follow the guidelines below:

  1. Line up outside of the 8th Note on designated spots. You are required to use a mask. If you are not wearing a mask, you WILL be asked to show your proof of exemption.
  2. You will enter through the door closest to SAPS.
  3. You will be asked for your active UWM email. If your email is not active, you will not be able to use the FCP.
  4. One person will be allowed into the pantry space to shop at a time. When you enter, you will be given a bag.
  5. You may shop for what you need. There are no limits and your bag will not be checked, but please keep other patrons in mind!
  6. You can go forward in the 8th Note, but you cannot go backwards (in other words, shopping is one way only!). Plan your trip well.
  7. You will exit the 8th Note through the door closest to CCBLLR.
  8. You are allowed to utilize the pantry one time per week.
As you shop, we recommend grabbing roughly 1 week’s worth of food – which may include the following items…
  • 2 soups
  • 1 peanut butter
  • 1 jelly
  • 2 canned proteins
  • 1 pasta sauce
  • 1 pasta/rice
  • 1 microwaveable pasta/rice
  • 2 cereal/oatmeal
  • 3 different canned veggies
  • 1 canned fruit
  • 7 snack items
  • 1 box of facial tissue.
**These items are subject to change based on availability.**

Other pantries in the Milwaukee area:

Call *211 for emergency food assistance!

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 wishlist, 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: Head to, click “Give Now”, select “View All Giving Opportunities” and search “Food.” This ensures your donation goes directly to us!
  • 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.

Fresh Picks Mobile Market

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 accepts debit cards, credit cards and Quest EBT. The Fresh Picks Mobile Market visits UWM the first Thursday of every month.


If you have questions, please email UWM Food Center and Pantry at

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