Help for students with unmet basic needs
Currently registered WMU students, with their Bronco ID, can "shop" the pantry as often as every two weeks. The pantry is located in the Kiva Room (1000 Faunce Student Services), accessible from a private entrance in the center rear of the building, near Seita Scholars, WIDR & Western Herald.
The pantry offers fresh, frozen, and shelf stable food items as well as an array of personal care products.
HOURS - Spring 2023
Students are welcome to walk in, no appointment needed, during open pantry hours:
- Monday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The pantry will be closed during any scheduled University breaks and holidays, as well as unexpected closures, like snow days.
- Be a WMU student.
- Be currently registered for at least one credit hour (summer access based on current summer or following fall registration).
- Only utilize the pantry as often as once every two weeks.
- Students are asked NOT to visit the pantry while sick. If you are ill or isolating and are in need of food, please reach out to us.
- Students are required to follow University set COVID-19 policies.
- Please bring your Bronco ID card with you when you visit.
- Students are able to walk in and shop the pantry during open hours. Certain categories (such as personal care items) may have a limit based on availability. Signs will be posted clarifying such limits.
- A maximum of 4 people may shop the pantry at a time. There will be a waiting area if this number is exceeded.
- Students may fill up to two Invisible Need Project (INP) tote bags at each visit. Two INP tote bags will be given at your first visit. After your first visit, please bring the two INP bags each time you visit the food pantry.
- Doors close ten minutes before closing time.
Donate funds, items or volunteer.
- We gratefully accept cash, check or electronic donations and use these funds to purchase fresh food for the food pantry.
- We have bins available for you to take if you would like to host a personal or business-based food drive.
- There is a donation box outside the food pantry if you would like to donate at any time.
- If you would like to volunteer with the food pantry, please send us a message.
In recent years, campus communities across the nation have recognized that there are large populations of students who go hungry. Campus food pantries have become a critical resource for students in need. WMU's food pantry opened in September 2014, located in a storage room in the Faunce Student Services Building, provided by the Division of Student Affairs. Based on growing student need and campus support, the Kiva room was renovated and became the new home to the WMU Invisible Need Project Food Pantry in Fall 2018.