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Creighton Cupboard

Combating Students' Food Insecurity

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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:

Food Insecurity Chart

To combat food insecurity at Creighton, the Creighton Cupboard provides a range of both perishable and nonperishable food items to undergraduate, graduate and professional students who self-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.

Need further assistance with independent living? Schedule a meeting with one of the Creighton Cupboard interns.

Government resources such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are available to help low-income individuals and families.

Call 211 for information about local resources and services, or visit the website.

Need ideas for easy-to-make meals that are low-cost and nutritious? Explore a list of recipes and cooking instructions here.

Donate Items

The following items are appreciated:

  • Canned beans
  • Canned/dried fruit
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Cereal/granola bars
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Jelly
  • Pancake mix (just add water)
  • Pasta/noodles/rice
  • Peanut butter
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Other non-perishable items

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 send us an email so we can assist you in your efforts.

Food Drive