Food and Financial Access

Help each other out. Each semester, Student Affairs with campus partners hosts a swipe drive.

Donate a meal swipe at University Housing Dining locations  or $1.00 at Wisconsin Union  and the UW Bookstore  to support fellow Badgers at UW. Funds help ensure all Badgers have access to affordable and nutritious food.

If you need support. Day-to-day expenses like food, clothing, and rent can make it challenging for students to make ends meet. There are many campus resources and student organizations available at no cost to all students.

You’re not alone.

Fall Swipe Drives:
Coming soon …

Help UW Swipe Out Hunger logo and Wiscard

Make a difference, one swipe at a time.

Resources and Support

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Badger FARE Program

The Badger FARE Program through the Office of Student Assistance and Support, connects students who are experiencing temporary and ongoing food insecurity with campus and community resources for long-term support, while providing them with funds that they can immediately use to purchase food on campus.

These funds will be given to an eligible student once in an academic year in the amount of $75 via their Wiscard.

Basic Needs Resource

The Basic Needs Resource through the Office of Financial Aid in partnership with the Office of Student Assistance and Support lists support services for your basic needs. There are also basic needs assistants available to help connect with you to navigate resources. You can connect directly with a Basic Needs Assistant by either emailing basic.needs@finaid.wisc.edu or completing this request form.

Emergency Support - Office of Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office may be able to provide support if you are experiencing current emergency circumstances that are preventing you from meeting immediate and essential expenses. Essential expenses may include limited access to food, lack of housing, or an emergency medical situation.  Funding is limited and financial assistance may not be available to fulfill each request. Information on Financial Aid Emergency Support.

Office of Student Assistance and Support

The Office of Student Assistance and Support provides individualized assistance to students facing food access including information about campus and community resources and crisis loans/grants. We encourage students to reach out in person, by phone at 608.263.5700, or by email to OSAS@studentaffairs.wisc.edu.

The Open Seat

The Open Seat is a student-funded, student-run, and student-serving food pantry by the Associated Students of Madison (ASM). All students with a Wiscard are eligible. Students can come to The Open Seat during any of our open hours or by appointment.

Food Recovery Network

UW–Madison Food Recovery Network is a branch of the national Food Recovery Network, whose main mission is to fight food insecurity and food waste at the same time by recovering food from university dining halls. We serve food that would have been thrown out to the Madison community for free twice a week. Everybody is welcome!

FH King - Harvest Handouts

F.H. King developed the Harvest Handouts program in order to deliver high-quality, sustainably-grown produce to the UW-Madison community free of charge. Come by East Campus Mall every Sunday from noon to 1pm during the growing season for free veggies! Email fhking.students@gmail.com for more information.

Slow Food UW

Slow Food UW is a UW–Madison student group interested in where our food comes from, geographically, and culturally.

The Keep Food Pantry

The Keep Food Pantry offers access to nutritious food so members of the campus communities can focus their energies on their academic and career pursuits. The Keep Food Pantry is a ministry of Luther Memorial Church.

Campus Food Shed

Campus Food Shed is a student organization that provides free and local produce to the UW-Madison campus by helping connect food retailers with groups of people looking to accept food, the group aims to convert a considerable amount of food waste into a valuable resource. Follow Campus Food Shed on Instagram.

Frozen Meals Program

Frozen Meals is a program on campus that packages unserved dining hall food into individual meals that are frozen and available for students at no cost. These microwavable meals can be taken home by students. To see pickup locations or learn more, visit the program’s Facebook (UW Frozen Meals Program) or Instagram (@frozenmealsuw)

Interested in Giving More?

Donations can be made throughout the year to support the Badger FARE Program, through Office of Student Assistance and Support, a program that provides $75 of immediate funds to a student’s Wiscard.

With this money, students can purchase hot and cold food or non-perishable food items from dining locations across campus. Because funds go directly to a Wiscard, students utilizing the program remain anonymous to their peers, helping us cultivate a more welcoming environment.

Donate today to help thousands of students access healthy, fresh, and varied food resources.

Campus Food Access Fund