The 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. The Cardinal Cupboard operates on the principals of social justice, inclusivity, accessibility, and dignity. With the prevelance of food insecurity on college campuses continuing to rise, Catholic U. decided to take action to support our community and alleviate the burden associated with food insecurity. Students or employees who find that they have difficulty purchasing adequate and sufficient groceries are welcome to visit the pantry to receive assistance.

Visit The Cardinal Cupboard


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


Currently, we are distributing pre-made bags to customers. If you receive an item in your bag that you will not use, please just return it to the pantry so we can redistribute. 


Donate to The Cardinal Cupboard


To donate to The 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 The Capital Area Food Bank, including hygiene products and toiletries.

What is Food Insecurity?

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.

For More Information

For more details about The Cardinal Cupboard, please contact