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The Open Seat strives to alleviate the stresses of food insecurity by providing friendly
and accessible sources of food for the students of The University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Open Seat supplies any UW-Madison student in need with free boxes of food packed and distributed by Second Harvest Foodbank. These food boxes come in 10-15 lb sizes. Options vary weekly but various quantities of produce, dairy, and dry goods are typically available.

Beginning the week of January 25th, 2021, The Open Seat will have three locations for pick-up of food. The locations are Union South (by the parking circle on the Union Hotel side) from 11:30am - 12:30pm on Tuesdays, at Eagle Heights (at the picnic table behind the community center) from 4:00pm - 5:00pm on Wednesdays, or on East Campus Mall (outside the entrance to the Student Activity Center) from 1:00pm - 2:00pm on Fridays.

If you are interested in picking up food at any of the locations, please fill out this form by THURSDAY at 12:00pm the week before your desired pick-up:


Beginning the week of February 15, 2021, The Open Seat will have four toiletry kits available.  

  • Oral Hygiene Kit: will include items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss.  

  • Body Products Kit: will include items such as shampoo, soap, shaving cream, lotion, and deodorant. We will have multicultural hair products available, so please indicate your hair care product preferences in the form. 

  • Menstrual Product Kit: will include tampons and pads. 

  • Cleaning Kit: will include items such as an all-purpose cleaner, hand soap, Clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer.

These kits are available for pickup at East Campus Mall Mondays from 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Tuesdays from 4:30 pm- 5:45 pm, and Fridays from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm at the food distribution. If you are interested in requesting toiletries, please fill out this form by THURSDAY at 12:00pm the week before your desired pick-up:

For questions, contact us at:

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UW-Madison has created a new fund to support students through emergency situations related to the COVID-19 virus. Your support provides needed relief to students and families as UW helps them navigate these situations.  Donations of any amount can be made at:

Keywords:food pantry,hunger,pantry,openseat,security,insecurity,free,donate,donation   Doc ID:84346
Owner:Kelly K.Group:Associated Students of Madison
Created:2018-07-30 10:45 CDTUpdated:2021-02-09 17:39 CDT
Sites:Associated Students of Madison, Campus and Visitor Relations
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