Cardinal Cupboard is Now Open!!


Cardinal Cupboard is Catholic U.'s food pantry, which provides non-perishable food to any member of the university community to who is experiencing food insecurity.

Cardinal Cupboard operates on the principals of social justice, inclusivity, accessibility, and dignity. Students or employees who find that they have difficulty purchasing adequate and sufficient groceries are welcome to visit the pantry to receive assistance.

Visit Cardinal Cupboard

Prior to your first visit at Cardinal Cupboard, please fill out this brief survey (English or Spanish).

To place an order for a pre-made bag, please fill out this form (English or Spanish).

We ask that pantry guests visit Cardinal Cupboard no more than once per week.

Donate to Cardinal Cupboard

To donate to Cardinal Cupboard, please click here, and choose 'Food Pantry Outreach' 

Donations allow us to supplement the pantry with items that we are not able to receive from Capital Area Food Bank, including hygiene products and toiletries.

If you would like to donate material items, please contact

Volunteer at Cardinal Cupboard

We are looking for a group of committed volunteers who are willing to be on-call to answer appointment requests. We are also looking for a weekly volunteer to be in the pantry on Mondays from 11 am - 12 pm. Please fill out this google form if you're interested in volunteering. 

Volunteers will need to attend a short training session.

What is Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity has been defined as inconsistent or uncertain access to adequate and nutritious food.

Signs of food insecurity include one or more of the following:

  • Skipping meals because of financial restrictions.
  • Stretching a single meal to last all day.
  • Always having to buy cheap, non-nutritious food.
  • Choosing between buying food and other financial obligations.
  • Experiencing anxiety or uncertainty about food availability.

Contact Information

For questions or information related to The Cardinal Cupboard, please contact