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    To learn more about the Bearcat Pantry, email wufoodpantry@gmail.com

  • Bearcat Pantry

Bearcat Pantry

The Bearcat Pantry serves to provide security for students that may identify as food insecure or that may face uncertainty about where their next meal is coming from.  Located in Shepard, the pantry contains primarily non-perishable food items in addition to a limited number of hygiene supplies and perishable food items, both of which have been collected through donations.

The pantry is free to use by all Willamette University students (no ID is required).

The pantry is staffed solely by volunteers and is overseen by student coordinators. All staff and volunteers who support this service are trained to keep use of the pantry confidential.


Thank you for your interest in donating! Come to the pantry during hours of operation to drop off items or send an email to wufoodpantry@gmail.com to arrange another time.

The following items are the most frequently requested by students:

Non-perishable Perishable Non-food
Pasta Fruit Hygiene products (pads/tampons, etc.)
Rice Milk Pots/pans/cooking supplies
Canned beans, Canned fruit, Soup, Canned meat
Instant oatmeal
Granola bars
Nut butter
Milk alternatives (soy, coconut, almond, etc.)
Pasta sauce

Please feel free to donate other items not listed above. If you have any questions, you can email us at wufoodpantry@gmail.com

What is food insecurity?

Food insecurity is defined as “the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food” (NSCHH). (https://studentsagainsthunger.org/hunger-on-campus/)

Who can use the food pantry?

The Bearcat Pantry is open to all Willamette undergraduate and College of Law students. No ID is required.

How will success of the Bearcat Pantry be measured?

Each user of the Pantry fills out a sign-out form every time they come to the pantry, which asks for basic information such as what items they are taking, what year they are, if they live on campus or not, as well as the last five digits of their student ID number. This system maintains student confidentiality but allows the pantry to track how many repeat visitors it gets and accurately record usage information.

How is it funded?

The Bearcat Pantry is funded through ASWU (student government) and donations. The Pantry receives a set amount of funds each semester from ASWU to spend on food products, and the remainder of the items in the pantry are provided through donations from faculty, staff, students, and community members.

We are located in the SOAR Center, in Shepard Hall (circled in red). 

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