University of Toledo Student Food Pantry

Donations of  perishable, non-perishable, hygiene products, and toiletry items are always welcome!

Here is a recommended list of nutrient-rich food to help guide you in your donation:

Milk Group

  • Dry/powdered milk
  • Boxed shelf-stable milk
  • Canned parmesan cheese
  • Evaporated milk
  • Pudding cups

Grain Group

  • Oatmeal/oats
  • Low sugar/high fiber cereals (Cheerios, Grape-Nuts)
  • Whole grain brown rice
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Popcorn
  • Taco Shells
  • All kinds of pasta

Fruits/Vegetable Groups

  • Canned vegetables
  • Vegetable juices and soups
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato juice and sauce
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Salsa
  • Boxed potatoes 
  • Canned fruit (in its own juice)
  • Fruit Juice (100%)
  • Dried fruit
  • Shelf-stable fruit cups

Protein Group

  • Canned tuna, salmon crab
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned bean soups
  • Canned baked beans
  • Dried and canned beans or peas
  • Canned beef stew or chili
  • Peanut butter or other nut butters
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dried beans


  • Donate a Swipe - University Dining Services allows you to donate your unused meal swipes. Go to the Ottawa East or South Dining Hall and let the cashier know you would like to donate a meal swipe. These swipes then become available as vouchers at the Student Food Pantry.
  • Drop off - You can drop off food, cash, or gift card donations in Student Union 2521 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Pick up - To arrange a pickup, Contact us at 419.530.2171 or by email at 
  • Meal Recovery Program - University Dining Services allows faculty, staff and students that cater events on campus to opt into the Meal Recovery Program. When you are ordering food for an event through University Dining Services, you will the opportunity to OPT IN. This means the Office of Student Advocacy & Support and University Dining Services have the opportunity to recover the leftover food and give it to students in need. Alongside University Dining Services, we will package and distribute the food to the students. 
  • Mobile Donations - You may donate $1, $3, or $5 through the GrubHub donation button. You can learn to donate through GrubHub by clicking here.
  • Monetary Donations - You may donate online to the UT Foundation by clicking here. Please  You can also donate online through Feeding Tomorrows by clicking here


Last Updated: 2/12/20