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Thank you for your interest in donating to the Cougar Cupboard! We are happy to accept any donation of food, toiletries, school supplies, or related items as long as they are unopened and in good condition.

Most of our inventory is received from the Houston Food Bank, but donations allow us to supplement the pantry with key items we may not receive from the food bank on a regular basis.

Donations may be dropped off at the Center for Student Advocacy & Community anytime during open hours. If you have a large donation (more than 20 items), please email to schedule a drop-off time. If you would like to donate any perishable items (items that need to be frozen or refrigerated), please contact us before bringing your donation.

Host a Drive

If you or your organization are considering hosting a drive, we would be more than happy to collaborate! If you have any questions, please reach out to us at A full list of our most-needed items can be found below:

Food Drive

  • Cooking oil
  • Spices
  • Vegetable broth/chicken broth, etc
  • Canned chicken, beans, corn, mixed vegetables, & potatoes
  • Canned soups
  • Milk (shelf-stable)
  • White rice, preferably long-grained
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Snack items
  • Non perishable microwavable meals
  • Lentils
  • Granola bars
  • Bottled water

Toiletries/Household Drive

  • Pads
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dish soap/ hand soap
  • Cleaning spray
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Can openers

School Supplies Drive

  • Notebooks
  • Pencils & pens
  • Highlighters
  • Planners
  • Folders/binders
  • Sticky notes
  • Staplers

Monetary Donations

We are also more than happy to accept monetary donations! To send a monetary donation, text "Cupboard" to 71-777 or visit our Support Cougar Cupboard fundraiser page. Below is a list of what can be purchased with each donation:

  • $250 = 450 canned or microwavable meals
  • $500 = 400 cartons of milk (+ previous items)
  • $1,000 = 900 bags of rice (+ previous items)
  • $1,500 = 350 bars of soap & 250 bottles of shampoo (+ previous items)
  • $2,000 = 300 toothpaste/toothbrush kits + 300 cleaning sprays (+ previous items)
  • $5,000 = double all previous items, plus extras of most-needed stock
  • $10,000 = new student worker for one year

If sending a donation by check, checks must be payable to the University of Houston. "Cougar Cupboard" should be added in the memo section.

Thank you for your support of the Cougar Cupboard!