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Cougar Cupboard

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.

The Cougar Cupboard is located on the first floor of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, in UH Wellness, suite 1038 (4500 University Dr.), and is stocked full of fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen and refrigerated foods, and dry goods. Students can receive up to 30 lbs. of free groceries every week from Cougar Cupboard or one of the other 14 Food for Change markets in Houston. To utilize the Cougar Cupboard, students must attend a one-time market orientation hosted by Cougar Cupboard staff and complete a short application for the Houston Food Bank’s Food Scholarship Program.


We ask that you please sign up for our program before using our services. The sign up process can be started through our sign-up page.

Spring 2023 Open Hours

  • Mondays | 11:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Tuesdays | 11:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Wednesdays | 11:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Thursdays | Closed
  • Fridays | 11:00AM - 6:00PM

Open from 11AM-4PM the following Saturdays: March 25, April 29, May 27.

Unavailable during these hours? Please email us at for assistance.

Second Location: Cougar Cupboard 2

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 (please visit their website for details: Cougar Cupboard 2).


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Help Us Be Sustainable!

Bags are available at the Cougar Cupboard, but everyone who brings a reusable bag is automatically entered into a biweekly raffle for a special prize.

Don't have a reusable bag? No problem! Each student can receive one reusable bag from the Cougar Cupboard.

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