Summer Volunteering at the UW Pantry

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The Whole U is excited to announce a new volunteer-partnership with the UW Pantry for summer 2019. The pantry is part of UW’s Any Hungry Husky program which aims to mitigate the social and academic effects of campus food insecurity. By providing students, staff, and faculty with access to shelf-stable, non-perishable goods and community resources at no cost, the program aims to lessen the financial burden of purchasing food and supplement nutritional needs.

In the US, an estimated 15-25 percent of college students do not get enough food due to affordability and other costs associated with a college education. Food insecurity negatively affects physical, mental and emotional health, making it difficult for people to perform well at school and work. Any Hungry Husky relieves this issue by providing nutritious, wholesome food to anyone in the UW community.

This July and August, the Whole U is honored to help staff the pantry with weekly, lunch-time volunteers! Additionally, we’re hosting a restocking party in June and a food drive in August.

Help the Pantry Restock for the Summer

Join us on Monday, June 17 for a noon to 1:00 p.m. restocking party for the Pantry! Participants will help collect end of school year donations from around campus, organize goods, and restock the shelves. Learn more and register here.  The pantry could especially use those who drive to campus and are willing to use their car for pickup!

Interested in ongoing volunteering at the UW Pantry with The Whole U? Here’s how it works!

  • All volunteer times are Thursday’s in July and August from noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • All volunteers will help staff the pantry at its location in Poplar Hall. Pantry staff will briefly train you on location. How you spend the hour will depend on the pantry need that day.
  • There are only 3 spots per date. Please only sign up for one date, and do not sign up for a date if you are not positive that you can attend!

Register to volunteer by clicking the links below for available dates. Remaining August dates will be open the first week of July:

Can’t make it to volunteer? Sign up to participate in our August Food Drive!

As part of the Summer Wellness Challenge, we’re going to host an August drive for the UW Pantry. Our goal is to collectively donate 1,000 pounds of nonperishable food and other necessity items to the pantry! 1,000 pounds might sound like a lot, but it’s really only about 2 or 3 items per person participating in all of Raise the Bar! Can’t join us? You can make a financial contribution to the pantry here.

Here’s how it works:

1. Participate as a team, or as an individual. Teams: have only one person register to represent your team. Have as many or as little members as you want on your team, it’s up to you! Learn more and register here.

2. Create a space for your team or yourself to collect donations. Invite others to join your team to collect more items!

3. Keep track of the number of items you individually, or your entire team donate to participate in our Items Donated Competition! All you have to do is keep track of the count, take a photo at the end to verify, and submit it to us when we email you at the end of the challenge. The team and the individual with the most items donated will receive a prize! We’ll be in touch so focus on donating now!

4. Drop off your items to a participating Whole U event or the UW Pantry by August 21 at the designated times. Register to view drop off times and locations.

5. Consider registering to volunteer at the restocking party at the pantry on Wednesday, August 21, after all of the remaining Whole U drive donations are dropped off. This event will be posted the first week of August!

Guidelines for donating:

  • Check expiration and best-by dates on the items you are donating.
  • Collect non-perishable items that are properly sealed, unopened, and unused.
  • Personal hygiene items are a great addition to the pantry! (Toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.)

What are you waiting for? Sign up today and help us reach 1,000 pounds!!

Here is a list of high-demand items that the pantry always needs:

  • Canned tomatoes, mixed vegetables, mushrooms, beets, peas, carrots
  • Pasta sauce (anything from marinara/traditional to alfredo/vodka/pesto)
  • Cooking oils (olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil)
  • Vegetable broth
  • Canned fruit (e.g., peaches, pineapple, mandarin oranges, pears)
  • Canned soup (especially vegetarian)
  • Boxed milk, evaporated milk, and unsweetened alternative milks
  • Fruit jams/preserves/jellies/marmalades
  • Boxed mac + cheese, other ready-to-eat meals
  • Household Items (e.g. bar soap, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent pods or powder)
  • Canned meats (e.g., sardines, chicken, beef, pork, etc.)
  • Stocks, bases, and sauces (e.g., curry sauce, canned coconut milk, soy sauce, miso base, etc.)
  • Food appropriate for diverse diets, including halal, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, etc.