Student Food Pantry


As part of the UM-Dearborn Community, the Student Food Pantry exists to support students on their journey as they work toward achieving their goals. We are committed to increasing access to food as a key to success, by providing assistance to any student in need!


In the summer of 2012, students and staff from the UM-Dearborn Community recognized that many students on campus did not have regular access to food. Understanding that food insecurity and inaccessibility was proving to be a barrier to students ability to be successful, the CIViC team, in collaboration with various partners across campus, worked to create and establish the UM-Dearborn Student Food Pantry. 

The UM-Dearborn Student Food Pantry was officially dedicated on January 21, 2013, the day which marked the 20th anniversary of the University's MLK Day of Service.  The Food Pantry, in just the short time it's been open, has distributed nearly 4,000 pounds of food.  In addition, the Food Pantry has raised over 4,500 pounds of food and toiletry items, as well as $3,500 in financial contributions since that time.


Individual must be a currently enrolled UM-Dearborn student with picture ID.

Due to COVID-19, the UM-Dearborn Student Food Pantry is open by appointment only on Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointments must be requested by 5 p.m. the day before. To request an appointment, email

The Student Food Pantry is located in the University Center (UC). During the fall 2020 semester, the UC will be locked. Once you request an appointment, you will be able to fill out an order form with items that you are looking for. A staff member will pack a bag for you and meet you at the east doors of the UC at your appointment time.


Not able to make it to the pantry on campus? Check out this list of other pantries in the area.

We need your help.

To keep our pantry stocked, we rely on the generous donations from our university community.

Donations can be dropped off in the Office of Student Life (2136 University Center).

Cash donations

No amount is too small!  All monies help us to replenish our shelves!  The Student Food Pantry appreciates monetary donations for a number of reasons.  

First, it gives us the opportunity to replenish our shelves with items that we currently need based on our current supply.  

Secondly, through our community partners, we are able to buy food at negotiated lower prices, that are most often lower than what others can find at local discount grocery stores.

  • How can donations be made?
  • What can a donation mean to the Student Food Pantry?  
    • $5 -- can allow us to purchase enough to fill a small grocery bag full of essentials like veggies, meats, and grains.
    • $10 -- can allow us to purchase enough to fill two small grocery bags full of essentials.
    • $25 -- can feed a couple of students for a week, helping to ease the burden of food insecurity.
    • $50 -- can buy supplies for the food pantry for a week, keeping us stocked to serve our students.
    • $100 -- can help secure the Student Food Pantry's future, helping us to create lasting change on campus.
Non-perishable food items

We do not take expired items.  Preferred items include:

  • High protein items such as tuna, chicken, or peanut butter
  • Cereal
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Snack items (crackers, nuts, etc)
Hygiene Products

Preferred items include:

  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet paper
Cleaning supplies

Preferred items include:

  • Paper towels
  • Dishsoap
  • Laundry detergent

Partner with the Pantry!

If your student organization or office/department is interested in collaborating on a food drive with the Student Food Pantry, please email and let us know! We are always looking for new partners for our monthly food drives!

Support the Student Food Pantry

Access to food is a part of the equation for success.

Support the Student Food Pantry
You can help ensure that students don't have to compromise their studies for a meal!
-Sara Alqaragholy. Community Organizer, Civic Leadership Board

College & University Pantries (CUP)

A research project at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

A team of interdisciplinary faculty researchers analyzing food insecurity on college campuses. 

Visit the CUP website

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