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    The Bearcat Pantry is closed for the summer and will re-open in September.

  • Bearcat Pantry

Bearcat Pantry

The Bearcat Pantry provides security for students that may identify as food insecure or that may face uncertainty about where their next meal is coming from. Located in the University Center, 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 food-pantry@willamette.edu.


Thank you for your interest in donating! Come to the pantry during hours of operation to drop off items or send an email to food-pantry@willamette.edu 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.

The Bearcat Pantry has a donation collection program, the WU Community Resource Program (WUCRP). Modeled off of the Ashland Food Project, WUCRP eliminates any logistical barriers that prevent Willamette staff and faculty from donating to the SOAR Center. Each donor receives a reusable bag to fill up at the beginning of each month. On the first Monday of the month, SOAR Center Coordinators come to each donor’s place of work on campus and collect the donations. This is a simple and sustainable way to contribute to our Willamette community. To sign up to contribute to this program, fill out this form.  

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
Mac & cheese Fruit Hygiene products 
Clif bars Dairy milk Deodorant
Cereal Cheese Toothpaste
Nut butter Butter Toothbrushes
Milk alternatives (coconut/almond) Meat Condoms
Granola Yogurt Household cleaning supplies
Juice Eggs Razors
Gluten-free bread Fresh produce Cooking supplies
Canned soup Bread Basic first-aid items

Please feel free to donate other items not listed above. If you have any questions, you can email us at food-pantry@willamette.edu

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

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