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Husker Pantry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

We have transitioned back to in-person shopping as of Wednesday, May 12th. We are no longer offering online ordering or curbside pick up.

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.

Husker Pantry, located on the 1st floor of the University Health Center (room 123), provides a one-stop location to assist students. By simply presenting their NCard, students can receive food and hygiene items for free. The pantry does not provide bags, so students should bring a bag or their backpack to take home their items. Information about community resources for housing and other food assistance programs is also available.


How to use the pantry

We have transitioned back to in-person shopping as of Wednesday, May 12th. We are no longer offering online ordering or curbside pick up.

Any current student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who is in need can utilize Husker Pantry services. Stop by Husker Pantry during our open hours 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. Please also bring a bag or backpack to take home your items as we no longer provide bags or boxes.

Food and Shelter Insecurity

What does food and shelter insecurity look like? If you can identify with any of the following, please use pantry services!

  • 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


Mondays Mon. July 26th 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesdays Tues. July 27th: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesdays Wed. July 28th: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursdays Thurs. July 29th: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Fridays Fri. July 30th: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm


Applications are OPEN for volunteers for our NEW East Campus Pantry location! Volunteers would be helping at the east campus location which is located in Filley Hall.

Apply here:

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
  • Speak to at least one group per semester about the pantry
  • Volunteer for at least two other pantry events 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 support students in the following ways:

Amazon Wish List

Purchase some items off of our Amazon wish list! They will be shipped directly to the pantry.

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:

Husker Pantry

c/o Megan Patel

127C HCCN (University Health Center)

Lincoln, NE 68588-0628

Donate Items

You can drop off donations at the donation bins around campus

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



  • Applesauce
  • Canned beans
  • Canned fruit
  • 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 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
  • First aid items (ex: bandaids)
  • Hair accessories (ex: hair ties, hair gel, etc.)
  • Makeup remover/face wipes
  • Period products (tampons & pads)
  • Razors
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste


  • Cleaning supplies
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Dish soap
  • Hand soap
  • Laundry detergent and fabric softener
  • Manual can openers
  • Paper towels
  • School supplies (notebooks and sticky notes)
  • 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 or give us a call at (402) 472-8975.

Donation Bin Locations

City Campus

University Health Center

Room 127, Outside of Big Red Resilience & Well-Being
Enter the second door from the West off of the North parking lot

Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center

To the left of the front desk on the 1st floor

Nebraska Union

Next to the welcome desk on the North side of the 1st floor

Campus Recreation

Walk in the main doors and turn left before you reach the counter and go through the double glass doors and it should be to the right as you walk in.

Louise Pound Hall

Room 205 (CYAF)

Take the elevator to the second floor and take a left on the hallway towards department of management. Take a left and look to the right outside of actuarial science.

Room 305 (Arts & Sciences Louise Pound Hall Co-Op)

Love Library South

In the lobby near room 127
Walk in and turn left down the hallway. Look to the left by the computers in the hallway and the bin should be right next to that.

Andrews Hall

Room 201 (Department of English)
Walk in and turn left down the hallway. Look to the left by the computers in the hallway and the bin should be right next to that.

Richards Hall

Outside of room 17 near the vending machines
Locate doors that look out at the parking lot and stadium. Walk down the ramp and look to the left.

Canfield Administration Building

Husker Hub

Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School

Park in the guest parking. Walk towards a glass doors on surface level take the side door into the building. Walk through the double doors. Walk straight down the hallway and look to your right

Business Services Complex

Walk in the 1700 Y Street door walk to the counter and look behind the counter on the floor to the right.

East Campus

Hardin Hall

In the lobby

Barkley Center

Room 302

Leverton Hall

Room 110 (Dept. of Nutrition and Health Sciences)
Walk into the front doors that are facing the loop. Walk straight and take a left into the room 110 and the bin is on the floor to the left as you walk into the room.

Chase Hall

Biological Systems Engineering
1st floor front hallway study area (across from the computer lab)

Innovation Campus

Food Innovation Center

Once inside the building, go up the stairs in front of you and go down the hall. Take the elevator on the right to the second floor. Turn right out of the elevator and the bin is outside of the office.

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

Spring 2020 Pantry Volunteers

Our Staff

If you have questions, we're happy to assist you. Give us a call at 402-472-8975 or email us at

Megan Patel, Program Coordinator
Jamil Funnah, Graduate Assistant

Volunteer Student Advisory Board

Samar Al Foory
Evie Anderson
Megan Appelt
Jill Belgen
Kate Berzonsky
Julia Curtis
Mackenzie Fugitt
Kailynn Jensen
Emily Lorius
Divine Mbabazi
Andie Mikuls
Layla Montemayor
Laura Perez-Villagomez
Jaden Roe
Troy Scheer
Simran Shah
Colleen Sherman
Bri Speakar