Notice: In response to the most recent COVID-19 updates, we can no longer keep the Bearcat Pantry open for student entry. Although direct access is unavailable as per new safety measures, you can still order pantry items through this online request form.
The Bearcat Pantry provides resources for students who may identify as food insecure or who may face uncertainty about where their next meal is coming from. Located in the SOAR Center on the University Center’s third floor, the pantry contains a selection of fruits and vegetables (fresh, frozen, and canned), proteins, dairy, grains, and other staples. The pantry is sometimes limited to what is in stock but does its best to make sure there are fresh produce and some non-food items, such as feminine hygiene products and tupperware.
- The pantry is free to use by all Willamette University students.
- The pantry is staffed by volunteers and is overseen by student coordinators. All staff and volunteers who support this service are trained to ensure that pantry usage is as private as possible.
Thank you for your interest in donating! Come to the pantry during our operating hours to drop-off items or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange another time. Donors also can purchase items and drop them off (please see our list of most requested items below) or order items on Amazon and have them sent to us. Please browse our Wishlist for an idea of what would be most useful.
The SOAR Center also has a donation collection program, the WU Community Resource Program (WUCRP). Inspired by the Ashland Food Project, WUCRP seeks to eliminate logistical barriers that prevent Willamette staff and faculty from donating to the SOAR Center. Each donor receives a reusable bag to fill at the beginning of each month. On the first Monday of the month, SOAR Center coordinators visit each donor’s workplace on campus and collect donations. This process is a simple and sustainable way to contribute to our Willamette community. To sign up to contribute to this program, please complete this form.
Monetary donations also are accepted.
The Bearcat Pantry also has partnered with Swipe Out Hunger to allow students to donate unused meal points. Students interested in donating meal points to other peers, or who are receiving meals through this program, can read about the process here.