While food insecurity isn’t always easily noticeable, it’s an issue that impacts a significant number of college students. According to a study by the University of Wisconsin HOPE Lab, 36% percent of students at four-year institutions identify as having “low” or “very low” food security. The United States Department of Agriculture defines the following food security levels:
To combat food insecurity at Creighton, the Creighton Cupboard provides complete meals for undergraduate, graduate and professional students who identify as food insecure. The pantry is supported by Division of Student Life staff and student employees. This initiative is also made possible by support from our partners Creighton Dining and Creighton Students Union. The Creighton Cupboard is one of more than 650 on-campus food pantries in the United States, according to the College and University Food Bank Alliance.
The following items are appreciated:
- Canned tuna, chicken, salmon, beans
- Peanut butter
- Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili) with tab tops
- Low-sodium canned vegetables
- Canned fruit in its own juice or water
- Olive or canola oil
- Spices (pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, garlic, salt-free spice blends)
- Low-sugar whole grain cereals (hot or cold)
- Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, crackers)
- Pasta sauce
- Pasta, mac and cheese, rice, etc.
- Pancake mix (with just add water)
- Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo)
- Toiletries (travel sized and regular sized)
Please avoid items packed in glass. No candy or sugar-sweetened drinks. No expired items, please.
Host a Drive
If you’d like to host a food drive to support the Cupboard, please register your event here so we can assist you in your efforts.