Ohio University

Bobcats Helping Bobcats

Bobcats Helping Bobcats is a way for students, staff and faculty to support students on the Athens campus who are experiencing emergencies that may impact their overall well-being and ability to be successful in college. See below for ways to contribute and utilize the available resources.

Cats' Cupboard Food Pantry in Baker University Center

OHIO recognizes that some students may not have enough to eat on a daily or weekly basis.

The Food Pantry, located on the fifth floor of Baker University Center, is open to anyone in need. Students can swipe in during the hours of operation (7a.m. - midnight while classes are in session) to select donated food.


Donations are always needed and can be dropped off in the Office of the Dean of Students, 345 Baker Center.

To see the donation themed week, check out our campus calendar.

Donation guidelines

  • All items must have labels
  • All items must be sealed
  • No homemade goods, including baked goods and home-canned items
  • Check expirations dates of all items that you plan to donate; expired items will not be accepted
  • Note: We currently have an excess of canned vegetable products, particularly canned corn, peas and green beans. (9/18/2018)

Most-needed items include

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tuna and chicken
  • Canned beans
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned fruit
  • Granola bars
  • Rice
  • Stews and soups
  • Crackers
  • Nuts
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Dried fruit
  • Personal care items (e.g., toothpaste, soap)
  • Baby items (e.g., diapers, wipes)

You can also purchase food for the pantry through Amazon. Click to see our Food Pantry Needs list.

Monetary Donations

To make a monetary donation to the Food Pantry, click here, and check the box for "The fund I want to support is not listed", then, type in "Division of Student Affairs Food Pantry Support Fund". Employees can also give through Payroll Deduction [PDF].

  • $25 provides one student with a three-day supply of emergency food.
  • $75 feeds one student and their two children with a three-day supply of emergency food.

If you have questions about the Food Pantry or other basic needs, contact the Dean of Students Office at 740-593-1800 or FoodPantry@ohio.edu.

Baker University Center Food Pantry is a member of the College and University Food Bank Association.

Thank you to the food pantry supporters:

food pantry supporters





Bobcats Helping Bobcats Meal Bank (Spring 2019 Pilot)


Athens students who are on a Traditional, Flex, or Block Meal Plan can donate up to three meals during the week of March 3-March 9. Those meals will be available to students experiencing hunger on our campus.

To access the Meal Bank, students need to complete a short online application. Applications are reviewed by the Dean of Students Office. Students will be notified via email if they are approved for donated meals. Those meals will be loaded directly on the student's OHIO ID card and can be used in any Dining Court, Shively Grab N Go, or Smooth Moves at Boyd Market. Unused donated meals will expire at the end of the semester in which they are awarded.

For questions about the program or application process, contact the Dean of Students Office at 740-593-4022 or deanofstudents@ohio.edu.

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

Other Resources


Career and Leadership Development Center – Career Closet

Put your best self forward at a career fair or in an interview by shopping the CLDC’s library of professional clothing—the Career Closet. The Closet provides students with business professional and business casual clothes for interviews, career fairs, formal events or any career-related function, both on and off campus.

All donations of lightly used, professional clothes should be delivered to the Career and Leadership Development Center. Due to the rapid turnover in inventory and the consistent need for new sizes and styles, clothing donations are always being accepted! For questions regarding donations, contact Dori Branch at CLDC_CareerCloset@ohio.edu.

To support the Career Closet with a monetary gift, please visit www.ohio.edu/advancement/gift.cfm and click the green GIVE NOW link. Be sure to check the box that says “The fund I want to support isn’t listed above” and type "Career Closet Support Fund" in the text box.


Pilot Cap and Gown Loan Program

Commencement is the culmination of the hard work and resources students put into their undergraduate or graduate degrees. It is a time to celebrate and honor the graduates as well as recognize the support given by family and friends to reach the day of earning a bachelor's or master's degree. A lack of funds to purchase a cap and gown should never be a barrier to participation in this penultimate experience.

Due to the generosity of Event Services, a select number of caps and gowns will be available for loan to students who face a financial barrier to purchase their own. We invite faculty and staff to share this application with students who would otherwise not participate in this important event because they are unable to purchase regalia.

Loaner caps and gowns will be returned to the Career and Leadership DevelopmentCenter (CLDC) to store in their Career Closet and will be made available to future graduates in need.

Students can apply here.

If a student has already purchased a cap and gown, we are not able to offer refunds.

Questions about the program can be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@ohio.edu or 740-593-1800.


OHIO Emergency Microgrants

These emergency micro-grants are designed to help OHIO students facing financial difficulty due to emergency situations or one-time hardships. The funds are awarded to help alleviate short-term financial need and are managed by the Dean of Students Office in collaboration with Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

This fund is sustained through generous gifts of donors and grants awarded do not need to be re-paid. You can learn more about the grants and application process here.