Close-up of dried food goods in Ohio University's food pantry
Food Assistance

Food Assistance

We're here to help! Look through all the programs and services we offer to help support our students in times of need. Read More About Food Insecurity

SNAP Benefits

SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps) provides funds to help eligible individuals purchase food at grocery stores. Ohio SNAP benefits can provide up to $281 or more per month on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card (used like a debit card) that can be spent on groceries.

Learn More About SNAP BenefitsCheck SNAP Eligibility & Apply

If you/your family are applying for SNAP benefits and need a Student Verification form completed, please send the form to the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships at

Jefferson Marketplace is a SNAP/EBT retailer and carries many eligible items.


If you have questions about the SNAP program or application process, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at

Food Pantries

Cats' Cupboard Food Pantry (Athens Campus)

The Cats' Cupboard Food Pantry is located in Baker University Center (Room 514) and provides students access to fresh, frozen and shelf-stable food options. Cats' Cupboard offers students to pick up free food/groceries up to twice a month by appointment.

Learn About Cats' Cupboard

How to Find Nearby Food Resources

Find nearby food resources including food pantries and food banks using your zip code by using FreshTrack. 

FreshTrack - Nearby Food Resources

Find free or reduced-cost resources, including food near you with findhelp.

findhelp - Assistance Resources Near You

Cats' Cupboard

OHIO recognizes that some students may not have enough to eat on a daily or weekly basis. The Cats’ Cupboard food pantry provides students access to fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable food options to help with hunger. 

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Pantry Access

The Cats’ Cupboard Food Pantry offers twice monthly pick-up of free food from the pantry. Pantry members can shop in person by appointment. Please note that we operate by appointment only. It is important that you can schedule an appointment and show up only during your scheduled appointment time. This allows us to know how much food to order and how to best staff our pantry. Having a high number of drop-in's leads to us not having enough fresh food for all our members and is something we very much wish to avoid happening. We thank you for your cooperation as we enforce this policy.

Cats' Cupboard is located in Baker University Center, room 514.

Members can make an appointment using the green "Sign Up to Access the Pantry" button above.


The Cats' Cupboard pantry operates by appointment. Members can shop in person during their scheduled appointment time twice per month. 


For questions about the pantry, email

Make a Donation

Donations can be dropped off on the 2nd floor of Baker University Center at the donation station.

Donations are always needed. Please adhere to our donation guidelines:

  • All items must have labels
  • All items must be sealed
  • No homemade goods, including baked goods and home-canned items
  • Expired items will not be accepted; check the expiration dates of all items that you plan to donate

Monetary Donations

You can also purchase food for the pantry through Amazon, using our Amazon Food Pantry Needs list.

To make a monetary donation to Cats’ Cupboard, visit the giving page:

Donate to Cats' Cupboard

Employees can also give through Payroll Deduction [PDF]

A donation of $25 provides one student with a three-day supply of emergency food. Seventy-five dollars feeds one student and their two children with a three-day supply of emergency food.

Most-Needed Items

  • We cannot accept frozen or refrigerated items, all donations must be shelf-stable.
  • Items in ALL CAPS are the highest-need items

Food Items

  • Baking Mixes
  • Dry Beans
  • Ready Meals (shelf-stable only)
  • Canned pasta, mac and cheese or rice cups, etc.
  • Snacks
  • Granola Bars
  • Jellies and Jams
  • Microwave Rice
  • Canned Protein
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Oatmeal Packets & Cups
  • Cereal
  • Ramen
  • Pasta Sauce

Personal Care Items

  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Single toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Soap & Hand Soap
  • Can Openers
  • Safety Razors
  • Lotion
  • Menstrual Products
  • Facial Tissues

Meal Bank

The Meal Bank program is a way for students to share meals from a campus meal plan with fellow students experiencing hunger. Culinary Services facilitates a donation period to collect meal donations from students and then distributes them directly to Meal Bank users’ OHIO ID cards for use in campus dining venues. 

To access meals from the Meal Bank, sign up to be a member of the Cats’ Cupboard Food Pantry

Thanks to Culinary Services for making this program possible and donating meals to create the Meal Bank!

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Donate Meals

Athens campus students who are on a Traditional, Flex, or Block Meal Plan can donate up to three meals during a designated period each semester. Cashiers will be ready to process your shared meals at The District on West Green and Nelson Court during that timeframe. 


If you have questions about the Meal Bank program or application process, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at