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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 food insecure UW-Madison student or staff 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. We provide produce boxes at our East Campus Mall location and produce and cooler boxes for Eagle Heights Distribution. 

What does a produce, cooler, or cooler box usually consist of?

Produce Boxes: (provided by the Second Harvest boxes) including a type of leafy green (spinach, lettuce, etc.), tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and beets

Dairy products:  Eggs, meat, yogurt, sliced cheese, bread, and cottage cheese

Loose Dry Goods : Canned goods, dried fruits, cereal, pasta (only at Eagle Heights)

Request a box in advance

If you are interested in picking up food for the Eagle Heights Location and produce for East Campus Mall, please fill out this form by THURSDAY at 12:00pm the week before your desired pick-up:

For example, if you are ordering boxes for Friday May 27th, you have from Thursday, May 19th at 12:01pm to Thursday, May 26th, 2022 at 12:00pm to place your order.


Fall 2022 hours (beginning September 9):

Monday: 4:00-8:00pm, East Campus Mall

Wednesday: 10:00am-12:00pm, East Campus Mall

Wednesday: 5:00-6:00pm - Eagle Heights Distribution only

Friday: 12:00-4:00pm, East Campus Mall

Food Pantry

The East Campus Mall pantry is located on the third floor of the Student Activity Center in Room 3203 (near the front desk).

The products in our pantry will vary week-to-week depending on donations, but it will typically consist of:

    • Non-perishable items like soup, baking materials, pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, beans, snacks, bread, etc.

We also provide an array of hygiene products. You can choose from:

    • Body Products (lotion, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, shaving cream, soap)
    • Oral Hygiene (Toothpaste, floss, toothbrush, Chapstick)
    • Menstrual Products (pads, tampons, diva cups, panty liners)

Everything is free of purchase, but we ask that you only take what you need! This service is only for self-identified food insecure UW students and staff.

Contact Us

For questions, contact us at:

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram


Each year, the number of students visiting The Open Seat Food Pantry has increased and often doubled as the number of students affected by food and resource insecurity grows.
Click here to donate to The Open Seat.

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