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Division of Student Affairs Food Pantry Support Fund
Aims to alleviate challenges of food and other insecurities by providing for basic needs of students at Ohio University.

Division of Student Affairs Food Pantry Support Fund

Your contribution to the Food Pantry Support Fund will continue to build the Bobcats Helping Bobcats program, a basic needs initiative aimed at alleviating the challenges of food and other insecurities students are facing at Ohio University. The OHIO food pantry, affectionately called Cats’ Cupboard, is open to anyone in need. 

More than 400 students access the Cats’ Cupboard an average of five times during the semester. For some, it is their main source for food.  

 You can support a Bobcat in need: 

  • $25 provides one student with a three-day supply of emergency food 
  • $75 feeds one student and their two children for the same space of time 
  • $400 provides a month of perishable items (milk, eggs, cheese, fresh produce) for 30 students 
  • $13,500 covers the cost of a Graduate Student to work directly with the pantry and our partners to reduce food insecurity and the stigmatization of hunger on campus 

According to an article published by NPR last spring, more than a third of college students are suffering from food insecurity nationwide. Ohio University participated in a national basic needs study in 2017. That study found that 29 percent of its undergraduate students had “low” or “very low” food security. Students were skipping meals, cutting back portion sizes, or not eating at all because they weren't able to afford food. 

The challenges of midterm papers, final exams and college debt are further exacerbated by hunger pains, as students who do not have their basic needs met report lower test scores, grades, and ultimately see a lower graduation rate.  

In 2019, over 18,000 pounds of food was donated and distributed through the pantry. Over 400 students access the Cats’ Cupboard an average of five times during the semester. For some, it is their main source for food.  

If you are interested in starting an endowment for the Division of Student Affairs Food Pantry Support Fund, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at giving@ohio.edu