Pop Up Pantry In Action-2016

Donations

Without donations, the Pop-Up Pantry would not exist. Even with the support of fresh produce and dairy from the Greater Chicago Food Depository, donated canned and dry goods are still critical.  If you want to support the Pop-Up Pantry, we currently accept both food and monetary donations. No amount is too small. If you wish to make a monetary donation, please click below.

Make A Donation

One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let others know they are not alone.

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Want to Help?

Ways You Can Support the Pantry!

Host a Food Drive: 

There are lots of good reasons for you to host a food drive on behalf of the Pantry. We give away approximately 2,000 items of food a week to food-insecure students. If you represent a student organization, this is a great service project that benefits your fellow students. If you work in a department, this is a fun team-building exercise. Before you start, contact the Wellness Center for tips, strategies, and things to consider when organizing your drive. Reach us at: wellnesscenter@uic.edu. Please see the list of suggested items needed for donations below.

Box to Shelf Tuesday Volunteers Needed:  

Every Tuesday, the UIC Pop-Up Pantry receives 1,000 to 3,000 pounds of food. This is awesome because it allows us to feed a lot of students.  However, we are a small crew, so it’s a challenge to unload and shelve 50 to 70 boxes of food and produce. On Box to Shelf, Tuesday volunteers would wear comfortable clothing and assist in removing food items from boxes and neatly placing them on shelves and help to break them down to be recycled. This operation occurs every Tuesday between the hours of 8:00am to 2:00pm. Whether you have one hour to donate or two, we are happy to welcome you to our crew! To schedule a volunteer session, reach out to us at: wellnesscenter@uic.edu.

Volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository:

If you want to help support your UIC Pop-Up Pantry, you can gather a group to volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository located at 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place Chicago, IL 60632, and ask if your “credit” can be directed to UIC’s Wellness Center Pop-Up Pantry! For more information on how to link your volunteer credit with us, please send us an email at wellnesscenter@uic.edu. 

Food Donations

Food donations

Food donations are accepted throughout the year and can be dropped off at a designated bin throughout numerous buildings on campus or directly to the Wellness Center. We accept food donations as well as donations of toiletries and period products. (E.g.: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, deodorant, period products, kleenex, toilet paper, etc.)

  • Items must be in cans, cartons or bags
  • Must be non-perishable (requires no refrigeration or freezing) ** We, unfortunately, cannot accept fresh produce or similar items due to food safety regulations.
  • Unopened and in the original container with the original product label
  • Free of dents, rips, stains, moisture and other forms of damage
  • Must NOT be expired

Most needed items:

  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Rice
  • Cereal/Oatmeal
  • Breakfast/Snack Bars
  • Canned fish
  • Canned meat
  • Canned beans
  • Canned soup
  • Canned vegetables
  • On-the-go/instant meals
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce

The Pop-Up Pantry does NOT accept:

  • Candy/treats
  • Perishable items
  • Expired items

UIC Pop-Up Pantry Steps Up For Students Experiencing Food Insecurity