Food insecurity, or the inability to afford enough nutritious food to fuel a regularly healthy lifestyle, is a growing concern on college campuses nationwide. In an effort to address this significant barrier to student success, the University of Houston has opened the Cougar Cupboard in partnership with the Houston Food Bank’s Food for Change market network. The cupboard is available to all enrolled undergraduate or graduate students who may need access to additional food.Locations & Hours Volunteer Donate
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After checking in at the first visit, students may browse the shelves for their desired items; frozen and refrigerated items are also available in coolers. Limits may be placed on certain items due to limited quantity. Every student may receive up to 30 lbs of groceries each week, whether they get it all at once or across multiple visits. The poundage resets every Monday. Once finished choosing their items, students must use our free checkout and be ready to provide their PeopleSoft ID# and their Food Scholarship ID#.
Second Location: Operated by PEEPS
The Cougar Cupboard is pleased to announce that we have merged with PEEPS Pantry to create a second location, Cougar Cupboard 2. Students are free to use both the Cougar Cupboard and Cougar Cupboard 2 to help offset their monthly expenses.
The second location, housed in the College of Education, is open to all currently enrolled students and is supported by donations, volunteers, and assistance from the Cougar Cupboard. Please make an appointment via Navigate to use Cougar Cupboard 2.
We offer a variety of workshops full of valuable information! Also, we are available, by request, to provide presentations.
If you have any more questions regarding using our services or the items we provide, please see our FAQs.
Impact in Numbers
- 5,600+ sign ups
- 35k+ total visits
- 450k+ pounds of food dist.
- 3,000 DoorDash bag deliveries
Since January 2020
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:
- $5 = a week of essential groceries for a student
- $250 = 480 canned or microwavable meals
- $500 = 422 cartons of milk (+ previous items)
- $1,000 = 936 bags of rice (+ previous items)
- $1,500 = 384 bars of soap & 288 bottles of shampoo (+ previous items)
- $2,000 = 312 toothpaste/toothbrush kits + 312 cleaning sprays (+ previous items)
- $5,000 = double all previous items, plus extras of most-needed stock
- $10,000 = new student worker for one year