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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:

  • WSU Pullman

    Food Pantry Go Bags

    The Office for Access and Opportunity, Women*s Center, Center for Civic Engagement, and Office of the Dean of Students are partnering to coordinate food pantry go-bags for WSU Pullman students.

    Food Pantry Go Bags are a way to provide food while respecting social distancing guidelines to keep all members of our community safe. We will do our best to ensure each bag contains a variety of protein, grains, vegetables, fruit, and snacks. We also have a limited supply of hygiene items and safer sex supplies.

    Students can fill out this form to request food and schedule pick-up. If you have questions about this request form, contact the Office for Access & Opportunity at aea@wsu.edu or (509) 335-1280. 

  • WSU Everett

    What is the WSU Everett Food Pantry?

    We know that it can be hard to make ends meet when you’re paying for college and living on a tight budget. The Cougar Food Pantry can provide non-perishable items to WSU Everett students in need of food.

    Who is it for?

    Current WSU Everett students in need of food.

    How Can I Participate?

    Request food if you need it! The Cougar Food Pantry is a free resource to benefit students at WSU Everett. If this resource would benefit you or your family, you are encouraged to utilize it. Refer students, friends and classmates. It can be hard to ask for help and sometimes we need a push from a friend or mentor to get the help we need. We strive to make the process as confidential as possible. WSU Everett is currently providing pre-packaged food for curbside pickup. Send your request via email to everett.studentservices@wsu.edu to arrange pick up.

    Want to donate food? Feel free to drop off non-perishable food items to WSU Everett or utilize our Amazon Wishlist.

    Shopping List

    We seek to provide non-perishable healthful foods for students experiencing food shortages.
    Here is a list of the items we’re frequently low on:

    • beans (canned or dry)
    • boxed milk (dairy, soy, almond)
    • canned fruits and vegetables
    • canned meals (soups, stew, chili)
    • chicken, beef and vegetable broths and stock.
    • canned meat
    • canned tuna
    • peanut/almond butter and jelly
    • cereal, steel-cut or rolled oats
    • granola bars, protein bars 
    • instant potatoes
    • macaroni and cheese
    • pasta and sauce
    • rice, quinoa
    • popcorn

    Questions About the Cougar Food Pantry? 

    For any questions regarding the Cougar Food Pantry, please contact us at everett.studentservices@wsu.edu.

  • WSU Vancouver

    Cougar Food Pantry

    We know that it can be hard to make ends meet when you're paying for college and living on a tight budget. The Cougar Food Pantry provides free, nonperishable items to students in need of food.

    The Cougar Food Pantry is only able to serve currently enrolled WSU Vancouver students and Clark College Nursing program students studying on the WSU Vancouver campus.

    Not a student on the WSU Vancouver campus? Check out our guide to free community food resources in Clark County.

    Refer students, friends and classmates

    It can be hard to ask for help and sometimes we need a push from a friend or mentor to get the help we need.

    Donate food

    Bring nonperishable food items to the Cougar Center in the Student Services Center. We seek to provide nonperishable healthful foods for students experiencing food shortages. Here is a list of the items we're frequently low on:

    • beans (canned or dry)
    • boxed milk (dairy, soy, almond)
    • canned fruits and vegetables
    • canned meals (soups, stew, chili)
    • canned meat
    • canned tuna
    • healthy cereals
    • instant potatoes
    • macaroni and cheese
    • pasta and sauce
    • peanut butter
    • rice

    Host a food drive

    For tips, check out our food drive start-up kit

    Request food if you need it!

    The Cougar Food Pantry is a free resource to benefit students at WSU Vancouver. If this resource would benefit you or your family, you are encouraged to utilize it. We strive to make the process as confidential as possible.

    Request Food

    Questions?

    Contact the Cougar Center at: van.foodpantry@wsu.edu or by phone at 360.546.9979

    Location & Hours

    The Cougar Center is located in the upper level of the Student Services Center. Please refer to the Cougar Center Hours of Operation for operating times.

    Give Today

    Want to give?

    Use the following link to visit the WSU Foundation's online giving site. Thank you for your support of WSU Vancouver.

  • WSU Spokane

    WSU Spokane Food Pantry

    The physical Campus Pantry at the Spokane campus is still open as an essential resource to students. The Campus Pantry will remain open through Fall and Spring semesters even though classes have moved online, and remote campus operations are now in effect. Below are the distribution hours and new location in the Spokane Health Science Building (SHSB).

    Distribution Schedule

    Spring Semester Hours: Tuesdays 8:00-10:00 am and Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 pm

    New Location: Spokane Health Science Building (SHSB) Room 110Z

    Distribution Instructions: 

    1. All students accessing the Campus Pantry need to wear a mask.
    2. Students always need to line up outside of the Campus Pantry and practice physical distancing, specifically at least six feet.
    3. Only one student can enter the pantry to access the food items while being assisted by a Campus Pantry staff while practicing physical distance.

    About the Pantry

    • The Campus Pantry is a campus resource for WSU and EWU students to have access to fresh produce and dried goods.
    • A partnership with Second Harvest allows the pantry to stock fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • CP started as a Registered Student Organization formed by Nutrition and Exercise Physiology students and developed into a campus resource given the larger campus commitment to Food Insecurity.

    Donations

    • Food donations may be left in the cardboard donations box outside the pantry.
    • The shelf-stable items the pantry stocks are: oatmeal, rice, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned meals, canned meat, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, pasta sauce and beans. Other food items are welcome.
    • Toiletries and school supplies also are often donated and distributed.
    • Campus food drives are held twice a year and are a contest between departments to see which unit can donate the most food. A trophy is awarded.

    Contact the WSU Spokane Food Pantry

    Health Sciences Building 110Z

    Visit our Facebook page

    Grocery Reimbursement – Spokane

    Grocery Reimbursement – Yakima

  • WSU Tri-Cities

    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 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.

    The Cougar Cupboard, sponsored by Lamb Weston at WSU Tri-Cities, is open:

    • Monday: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    • Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Please enter through the external door between the East and Floyd building.

    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.

    Students seeking assistance with resources or community referrals are encouraged to submit a Campus Cougar Cares Form or the WSU System Care Network Form.

  • WSU Global

    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.