Below are common questions about who is eligible to use the Feed U Food Pantry, how the pantry works, and how to help out. If your questions are not answered below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help out!
Who can use the pantry?
Anyone with an active uNID (u0123456) can utilize the Feed U Food Pantry. This includes students, staff, and faculty. A valid U Card is required during a visit to the pantry.
How long can someone use the pantry?
As long as they are in need of food assistance. Some may only need it once; others may need it for an extended period of time.
What is the enrollment process like? Does the Feed U Food Pantry require income verification?
New clients are required to fill out a basic demographic form that can be found here. No proof of income is required, though we ask that clients remain mindful of others who also use the pantry.
Where is the pantry located?
The pantry is located on the basement level of the A. Ray Olpin Union building.
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Where does the food come from?
The Feed U Food Pantry is a partner agency of the Utah Food Bank and receives periodic shipments as needed. Donations from on-campus offices, groups, and individuals are also accepted! The pantry is also partnered with on-campus groups like the Edible Campus Gardens and the Food Recovery Network that provide perishable food items.
What does “food insecurity” mean?
Food insecurity refers to the state of lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Being food secure means that someone has access to a sufficient amount of food, and the resources to obtain food that will support basic health. Being food insecure means that someone’s access to food is limited due to finances and/or other factors.
How long has the Feed U Food Pantry been open?
The Feed U Food Pantry opened in October 2014. Since then, more than 1,000 University of Utah members and their families have been served with over 13,000 pounds of food.
How can I get involved?
The Feed U Food Pantry is powered by volunteers! Volunteers are needed to staff the pantry every semester. Additional volunteer opportunities are in the works.
What is expected of pantry volunteers?
Pantry volunteers are asked to commit at least one hour a week for the length of a semester.