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There may be times during the year that our students may find themselves lacking healthy and nutritious food - and the last thing we want is for that to stand in the way of your academic success. The University of Houston offers several resources for those who may be experiencing temporary or longer-lasting food insecurity.

On-campus Resources

Cougar Cupboard

The Cougar Cupboard is a partnership between the University of Houston and the Houston Food Bank. The University of Houston is excited for the Cougar Cupboard to join the Food for Change market network. This food pantry is located and operated in UH Wellness, suite 1038 on the first floor of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. A plethora of fresh fruit, vegetables, frozen and refrigerated foods will be available during regular intervals for students.

Campus Ministries

During the fall and spring semesters, free lunches and dinners are scheduled during the week through UH Campus Ministries. Students of all backgrounds are welcome to join! These meals are provided at various days and times at the A.D. Bruce Religion Center, as well as campus adjacent locations like the Baptist Student Ministry (Tuesdays) and the Catholic Newman Center (Thursdays).

Tuesday Breakfast - United Campus Ministries
9:00am – 11:00am, AD Bruce, 1st Floor Lobby Area

Free Lunch - Baptist Student Ministries
11:00am – 2:00pm, Baptist Student Center, 4801 Calhoun Road

Dinner Worship Host - Wesley Foundation
5:30pm – 7:00pm, AD Bruce, 2nd Floor Small Chapel, Room 201

FREE Wednesday Lunch - Church of Christ & Campus Ministries Association
11:30am – 11:30am, AD Bruce, 2nd Floor Atrium Area

Coffee and Bagels in the Lobby Host - Wesley Foundation
9:00am – 12:00pm, AD Bruce, 1st Floor Lobby Area

Free Lunch after noon Mass - Catholic Newman Association
After 1:00pm Mass, Catholic Newman Center, 4805 Calhoun Road

Free Lunch - United Campus Ministries
12:00pm – 1:30pm, AD Bruce, 2nd Floor United Campus Ministry Suite, Room 208

The Gathering - Houston Canterbury
6:30pm – 8:00pm - St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 3530 Wheeler Ave, Houston TX, 77004

PEEPS Pantry

The University of Houston College of Education has opened a free food pantry in Farish Hall 128 to help all students in need, joining a growing movement nationally to go beyond academic support to boost student success. The pantry is part of a larger initiative in the College of Education called the Personal Early Educational Performance Support, or PEEPS, program. Students can get access to non-perishable items and toiletries as needed.

Off-campus Resources

Houston Food Bank

The Houston Food Bank is our area’s largest food bank distributor, and leads hunger relief in 18 southeast Texas counties. They are committed to providing food scholarships to clients to improve their quality of life. Multiple locations are located across the Houston Metro area.

Additionally, UH students that are enrolled in the Food Scholarship Program and visit the Cougar Cupboard are also eligible to visit the Houston Food Bank’s many Food for Change market locations across the city. The closest market on-campus (besides the Cougar Cupboard) is Riverside United Methodist Church, located at 4920 Cullen Blvd.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is a federal program that that provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. Should a student find themselves in an unexpected and prolonged food insecurity situation, they may be eligible for SNAP benefits – visit their website to learn more about the program! For international students, please check with International Student and Scholar Services Office before you apply for this program.

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