DU Food Pantry

National studies show that students in higher education are highly vulnerable to food and housing insecurity. We know this is the case at DU, as well. The DU Food Pantry exists as a free and open resource for anyone with a DU ID number to supplement their weekly food supply in times of need. New visitors are asked to fill out a short demographic survey.  

Hours

Tuesdays 4 pm-8 pm during classes
Tuesdays 2 pm-6 pm during breaks

If you are unable to make it to our drop-in hours, you can schedule an appointment by contacting foodpantry@du.edu.

The DU Food Pantry is located in the Center for Sustainability, on the first floor of the Centennial Towers residence hall.

Visitors are provided with up to one bag of food per week. New visitors will get a free reusable bag and are expected to bring this with them on future visits. This is to reduce the waste generated by food pantry visits and also to ensure that this shared resource is able to serve all who need it.

What is Food Insecurity?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. It is important to know that though hunger and food insecurity are closely related, they are distinct concepts. Hunger refers to a personal, physical sensation of discomfort, while food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the household level.

Donations

The Food Pantry is supported entirely by food and monetary donations by departments and individuals in the DU community. We are endlessly grateful for the support that we have received and will continue to receive from the DU community. 

  • Food Drives: Every year, dozens of groups on campus come together to collect boxes of food for the Pantry. If you would like to run a food drive for your department, club, team, class or organization, email foodpantry@du.edu for signage and instructions. 

  • Individual Donations: If you would like to donate food to the pantry as an individual, simply stop by the Center for Sustainability during business hours.

  • Monetary Donations: When food donations are not enough for our regular operations, we supplement with store-bought food paid for by generous monetary donations from our partners and friends around campus; Sodexo and Aramark have been exceptionally generous donors! If you would like to provide a monetary gift, visit the Advancement website or simply text FOODPANTRY to 41444.