Now, UW students struggling to afford food now have regular access to a permanent food pantry located on the university's west campus.
The university says affordability prevents as many as 25 percent of college students from getting enough food. Back in 2016, they started a program called "Any Hungry Husky" which supported 100 students, then last year, more than 700 UW students visited the food bank.
The pantry replicates a fully-stocked store with non-perishable goods and some fresh foods. Students grab a handbasket when they enter and get to pick and choose whatever items they need.
Volunteers will open the pantry four times each week in Poplar Hall, located at 1302 NE Campus Pkwy.
Students with a Husky ID can access the food pantry in Poplar Hall at these times:
Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 3:30 – 6 p.m.
Thursdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 3:30 – 6 p.m.
Fridays 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.