Providing students in periodic need with access to the basic necessities of daily living.
All enrolled UA students — undergraduate, graduate, international, on-campus resident, or commuter — have access to an assortment of non-perishable food and hygiene items. When you’re in a financial pinch, we can help reduce your worries by providing you with food and personal hygiene items.
See details and learn about long-term support below.
Any enrolled UA student may approach a cupboard in any of these locations and take the needed items. Students are asked to provide demographic information, which is used for assessment and evaluation of the program.
Three "grab-and-go" locations
What to ExpectThe first time you visit the walk-in Campus Cupboard in Simmons Hall (Room 102C), you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire that collects some basic information so that we can continue to provide this program. Each time you visit, you will be asked to let us know that you’ve popped in…think of this as our “hello” to one another.
Can't get to the Campus Cupboard in Simmons Hall (Room 102C) but are in need of food items? We’ve got you covered! Zips Care Packages are available for enrolled students. Each package includes up to ten food items and five hygiene or miscellaneous items.
Once your form is submitted, you will receive an email from our team when your package is ready for pick-up. Please allow two business days for processing of your Zips Care Package. We will fill your request to the best of our ability
The Cupboard will also provide information about various community resources available to UA students.
Students may also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about temporary housing, textbooks, utility assistance, buss passes, eye exams and more.
Campus Cupboard is intended to provide “gap assistance,” to enrolled students up to five times per semester. However, no student will be turned away. ZipAssist staff will work with you to find more sustainable food options, employment, and additional assistance programs and long-term support options through community resources, organization referrals, government assistance eligibility (ex: SNAP, HEAP, WIC), and potential support through the one-time emergency aid program at UA, the Student Emergency Financial Assistance (SEFA) program.
In 2019, more than 13,000 food and hygiene items were distributed on campus. A donation of $30 provides one student with a five-day supply of emergency food.
Donations are always needed and can be dropped off to ZipAssist, located on the first floor of Simmons Hall. We kindly ask that you adhere to our donation guidelines:
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You can also purchase food for the pantry through Amazon, using our Amazon Food Pantry Needs list.
To make a monetary donation to the Campus Cupboard, visit the University’s giving page and click the “Give Online” button.
When asked what you would like to support, select “Other Designation” then type “Campus Cupboard.” Complete the rest of the form as usual. UA employees can also give through Payroll Deduction.
If you have any questions about giving to this program, or the Student Emergency Financial Assistance [SEFA] program, please contact Alison Doehring, Director, ZipAssist, at email@example.com.
The Campus Cupboard is made possible due to the generous support of campus offices, colleagues, student organizations, faculty, staff, and students. Additional support has been provided by community organizations, local youth groups, and various donors including The Salvation Army of Summit County and the Akron/Canton Regional Foodbank.
The Campus Cupboard program was created from data collected at UA and national college student trends; both of which determined that there’s a segment of the student body that is food insecure and would consider making use of a campus food pantry. For national data on food insecurity and basic needs for college students, please visit Hope4College.com.