The Open Seat: UW-Madison’s On-Campus Food Pantry

At The Open Seat, our mission is to alleviate food insecurity on campus by ensuring every Badger has adequate access to healthy food.

If you are new to campus — welcome! We’re so glad you’re here. If you’re returning to the residence halls, welcome back.

Have you lost your on-campus job? Is your meal plan running out quicker than you thought? Do you ever skip meals to stretch your money a little further?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Open Seat is here to help. The Open Seat is currently supplying any UW-Madison student in need with free boxes of food packed and distributed by Second Harvest Foodbank. These boxes come in 10-15 lb sizes. Options vary weekly but various quantities of produce, dairy, and dry goods are typically available.

Beginning the week of September 21, 2020, The Open Seat will have three on-campus locations for pick-up of food. The first is at Union South (by the parking circle on the Union Hotel side) from 12:00pm – 1:00pm on Tuesdays. The second will be at East Campus Mall (in front of the Student Activity Center) from 12:00pm-1:00pm on Fridays. If you are interested in picking up food on Tuesdays at Union South, please fill out this form by 12:00pm on Thursdays. If you are interested in picking up food on Fridays at East Campus Mall, please fill out this form by 12:00pm on Tuesdays.

We are also considering adding a pick-up OR drop-off location in the residence halls. Help us help you by filling out this quick survey!

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Stay safe, and On Wisconsin!