WSU System Food Pantries
Despite statewide restrictions placed on the food service industry in response to COVID-19, Washington State University continues to offer food pantries for students who need support.
Please note that food pantry services have been adjusted at all campuses. Updated information for each campus is provided below:
Rosario's Place in Wilson-Short Hall and the Access and Opportunity Food Pantry in Lighty Student Services are currently closed. Instead, the WSU Pullman campus is providing one central location for students to receive pre-packaged food curbside. Pullman Family Dentistry has also generously donated dental hygiene products to the pantry. Students can fill out this form to request items or call the Office of the Dean of Students at (509) 335-5757.
Requests can be picked up at the Lighty Student Services entrance near Rugby fields. Pick up times are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday - Friday. Students should call the Dean of Students office at (509) 335-5757 once they arrive on campus and a staff member will meet them at their vehicle with a pre-packaged bag.
Students can also request food assistance through Cougs Feeding Cougs, which provides funds that can be used anonymously in WSU Dining Services locations.
We are so appreciative of the greater Coug community with their on-going interest to support the food pantry on the Pullman campus. Due to these changing and uncertain times, more and more of our WSU undergraduate and graduate students are seeking food and hygiene assistance. Monetary donations received will be used to replenish, as needed, our pantry’s inventory of food items such as grains, proteins, soups, canned vegetables and fruits, and other non-perishable items to help meet the needs of students utilizing this resource.
Donations can be directed to our Division of Student Affairs | WSU Pullman Food Pantries for Students Fund here with an indication that this specific donation is to support the food pantry. We thank you for your continued support and generosity.
Due to supply chain challenges, the WSU Vancouver food pantry has limited its hours of operation to 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, and noon - 4 p.m. on Fridays.
Presently, the Student Activities Board, ASWSUV, and the Office of Student Involvement have collaborated to offer care packages for students. The care packages include food, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, and games/activities for kids. They are available for pick up every Tuesday from noon - 2 p.m. through April 28.
WSU Vancouver students can email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Care Package” to reserve a package.
The WSU Spokane Campus Pantry is now open Thursdays from 12:45 - 2:45 p.m. Students are encouraged to park in the first rows of the Orange 1 lot and access the pantry through the SAC Building loading dock. Students should form a line, stand at least 6 feet apart, with a maximum of three people at a time.
Campus Pantry managers are the only ones handling the food and wear gloves during distribution.
WSU Tri-Cities Cougar Cupboard offering additional food pick-up at WSU Pasco Extension for students
The WSU Tri-Cities Cougar Cupboard, sponsored by Lamb Weston, now offers an additional food pick-up area at the WSU Pasco Extension Office beginning Monday, March 30, for students and their families.
Boxes of nonperishable goods for groups of 1-6 individuals in a family will be available at the location (404 W. Clark Street in Pasco) while supplies last. Hours of operation are:
- Monday, March 30, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 31, 10 a.m. – noon
- Wednesday, April 1, noon – 2 p.m.
The Cougar Cupboard, sponsored by Lamb Weston at WSU Tri-Cities, will remain open Monday – Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Follow WSU Tri-Cities on Twitter for updates about pick-up times and items available at both areas.
When visiting either location, individuals must practice appropriate social distancing measures, instructions on signage, and any staff requests to ensure that food distribution will safely occur.
Every attempt will be made to make sure each box of food contains pasta, sauces, canned soups, mac and cheese, a variety of canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, packaged meals, grains, and cereal.
The Cougar Cupboard also has a limited supply of milk, brie cheese, 5- and 10-pound frozen potato packages and prepared coleslaw for pick up Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
ASWSU Global is offering grocery reimbursement to help offset grocery bills throughout spring semester. With this program, students can be reimbursed up to $50 for eligible food items, including fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry and fish, breads and cereals, canned food and other pantry items. Funds are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. More information can be found here.