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 a selection of fruits and vegetables (fresh, frozen, and canned), proteins, dairy, grains, and other staples. We're limited to what we have in stock but do our best to make sure we have fresh produce and some non-food items like cleaning supplies and various hygiene products.

  • 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.

If you would like to receive information about events hosted by the Bearcat Pantry, please email


Thank you for your interest in donating! Come to the pantry during hours of operation to drop off items or send an email to to arrange another time. You can purchase items and drop them off (please see our list of most requested items below), or you can order items on Amazon and have them sent to us. You can browse our Wishlist to get an idea of what would be most useful to us.

We also accept monetary donations. 

If you are a student interested in donating meal points to other students, read about that process here

The following items are the most frequently requested by students:

Non-perishable Perishable Non-food
Pasta Fruit Hygiene products (pads/tampons, etc.)
Rice Dairy Milk Pots/pans/cooking supplies
Canned beans, Canned fruit, Soup, Canned meat Vegetables Toothpaste
Instant oatmeal Butter Razors
Granola bars Meat Condoms
Cereal Yogurt
Nuts Eggs
Nut butter Break
Milk alternatives (soy, coconut, almond, etc.) Gluten-Free Bread
Pasta sauce
Gluten-Free Items

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

What is food insecurity?

Food insecurity is defined as “the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food” (NSCHH). (

Who can use the food pantry?

The Bearcat Pantry is open to all Willamette university 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 receives funds from the student governments of each of Willamette's colleges (the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Law, and Atkinson Graduate School of Management). The Pantry also receives 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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