Food and shelter insecurities are an unfortunate reality for students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and nationwide. Nearly 1 in 3 students on our campus worries about not having enough food until they get money to buy more.

The Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+, located on the 3rd floor of the Nebraska Union (room 348), provides a one-stop location to assist students. By simply presenting their NCard, students can receive food and hygiene items for free. Information about community resources for housing and other food assistance programs also are available.


Any current student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who is in need can stop by the Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+ to pick up free food and hygiene items and/or to get help connecting to university and community resources related to food and shelter insecurity. Just remember to bring your NCard so we can verify that you’re a current Nebraska student. What does food and shelter insecurity look like? If you can identify with any of the following, please come use the pantry!

  • You don't have a permanent place to live and you're couch surfing
  • You don't have a permanent place to live and live at your workplace or on the street
  • You live on-campus during the school year, but you're homeless during breaks and the summer
  • You are at risk of eviction from your home
  • You can't afford to buy healthy food to eat
  • You can't afford food at the end of the month when you're waiting for your next paycheck
  • You can only afford to spend a very small amount of money each week on food
  • You skip meals or eat snacks for meals because you can't afford more
  • You have to choose between paying bills and buying enough food

How to find us: We’re located on the third floor of the Nebraska Union in the south hallway in room 348. It's easiest to find us from the south side of the Union (the R Street side). Simply take the stairs in either the Southeast or Southwest corners of the union or the elevator near the ASUN and UPC offices up to the third floor. We are just around the corner, next to the LGBTQA+ Resource Center.

Fall 2018 Pantry Hours

Mondays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesdays 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Wednesdays 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Wed. Nov. 21st Hours: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Thursdays 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Thurs. Nov. 22nd CLOSED for Thanksgiving
Fridays 8:30 am to 10:30 am Fri. Nov. 23rd CLOSED for Thanksgiving break
Saturdays Dec. 8th Hours 9:00 am to TBD


We are no longer accepting applications for new volunteers. We are currently in the review/selection process. Applications will be reviewed and some applicants will be invited to meet with us in person to see if they are a good fit. After that, the final selections will be made.

Volunteer Commitments

  • Work at least one, one-hour shift per week staffing the pantry and welcoming students
  • Actively participate as a member of the Pantry+ Student Advisory Board that meets once a month during the school year
  • Actively participate as a member of a sub-committee of the Student Advisory Board
  • Speak to at least one group per semester about the pantry
  • Volunteer for at least one other pantry event during the semester, which may include:
  • Collecting donations from the donation bins around campus
  • Helping to market the pantry, reaching out to campus and community organizations to create awareness, staffing booths at involvement fairs, etc.
  • Soliciting donations from university and community groups and helping to coordinate food drives
  • Representing the pantry at events and picking up donations from food drives


It’s easy to help support husker students. You can drop off donations at the donation bins in the following locations:

  • Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center front desk
  • Next to the kiosk near the first floor Welcome Desk on the North side of the Nebraska Union
  • Outside the pantry
  • Campus Recreation (city campus)
  • Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid front lobby (Canfield Administration Building, room 12)
  • ITS front office (room 327) in Nebraska Hall
  • Love Library South lobby (on the right side)
  • CYAF (Louise Pound Hall, room 205)
  • Department of English- Andrews Hall room 201
  • Richards Hall- outside of room 17 near the vending machines
  • Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School
  • Hardin Hall lobby (East campus)
  • Dept. of Special Edu. and Comm. Disorders (Barkley Center on East campus)
  • Dept. of Nutrition and Health Sciences (Leverton Hall, room 110 on East campus)
  • Biological Systems Engineering/ Chase Hall (East campus)
  • Business Services Complex (17th & Y Streets)

If you'd like a permanent donation bin for your building, let us know!

Monetary Donations

Gifts also can be made to the University of Nebraska Foundation, fund #01140700. Online gifts can be made via credit or debit card, and an electronic donation receipt will be emailed to you. Memorial gifts can also be made through the Foundation website.

If you'd like to donate via cash or check, please drop it off at the pantry or mail to:

Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+

c/o Megan Patel

237 Nebraska Union

Lincoln, NE 68588-0461

Below is the list of items that we stock at the pantry. Items in bold are more needed at this time.



  • Applesauce
  • Canned beans (black, refried, & garbanzo)
  • Canned chili
  • Canned fruit/fruit cups (pineapples & oranges)
  • Canned meats (ex: chicken)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Condiments (ex: ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, etc.)
  • Crackers/Chips
  • Drinks (ex: juice, tea, etc.)
  • Gluten-free items
  • Granola/protein bars
  • Instant potatoes
  • Jelly/jam
  • Mac & cheese (microwaveable)
  • Microwaveable oatmeal
  • Nuts
  • Pancake/waffle mix and syrup
  • Pantry staples (ex: flour, sugar, oil, baking powder/soda, salt & pepper)
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Rice
  • Spices and seasonings
  • Soup
  • Sugar-free items
  • Trail/snack mix
  • Tuna


  • Body Lotion
  • Body Wash
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Face wash
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • First aid items (ex: bandaids)
  • Hair accessories (ex: hair ties, hair gel, etc.)
  • Makeup remover/face wipes
  • Razors
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste


  • Cleaning supplies
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby food (no glass jars please)
  • Diapers
  • Dish soap
  • Hand soap
  • Laundry detergent and fabric softener
  • Manual can openers
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic baggies
  • Plastic utensils
  • School supplies
  • Tissues

Please know that we cannot accept opened/used items; rusty, damaged or dented cans; expired food; homemade food; home canned food; alcohol; energy drinks; food with no label; or food that requires refrigeration or freezing. We also do not accept pet food or clothing.

Are you looking to partner on an event?
We’re fortunate to have many philanthropic student organizations and departments at the university. If you would like to partner on an event or would like to hold a food drive for the pantry, please contact us so we can assist you in your donation efforts.

We can create a custom flier for your event, help you promote it, and provide you with a list of our current needs. Just email us at pantry@unl.edu or give us a call at (402) 472-8975.

Our Staff

If you have questions, we're happy to assist you. Feel free to stop by the pantry, give us a call at 402-472-8975 or email us at pantry@unl.edu.

Megan Patel, Program Coordinator
Morgan Smith, Graduate Assistant

Student Advisory Board

Baileigh Borer
Elizabeth Byrnes
Karin Ellefson
Sophia Genova
Chloe Hardin
Ella Janochoski
Alyssa Jones
Sara Mantz
Brenna Micek
Trenay Newsome
Alex Otto
Mariel Sprakel
Nick Swan
Brenda Tran
Keela VanGrinsven
Duanita Williams
Ashley Willis
Shannon Willis
Mary Woodruff

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Nov. 12-16, 2018

Join us for a week of events!

Mon. Nov. 12th: Stop by the pantry in room 348 of the city union to see what it looks like, what we have, and ask questions! 8 to 10 am with coffee and breakfast pastries provided!

Tues. Nov. 13th: Stop by our booth on the 1st floor of the union by the food court from 12-1 pm to play plinko, win prizes, and learn more about the pantry and food insecurity on campus

Wed. Nov. 14th: Check our Facebook and Twitter pages to get the link for the game, play it, and then come up to the pantry between 11 am and 6 pm to get a prize when you show us your score!

Thurs. Nov. 15th: We'll be collecting the jars and donations from all of the Greek chapters for the penny wars competition, and we will count and announce the winner on our website and on social media!

Fri. Nov. 16th: Aren't able to donate in person? Click here to learn how to donate via check or the NU Foundation or get us some items off of our Amazon wishlist! We will also collect from all of our donation bins for the bins wars competition, and we will count and announce the winner on our website and on social media!

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