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Champ’s Cupboard is a free food shelf offered to all UMD students.
Located in 245 Kirby Plaza, students can pick from a variety of non-perishable items including rice, pastas, soups, sauces, and vegetables. Students can also choose from toiletries such as shampoos, soaps, and diapers. Champ's Cupboard is stocked with items donated by faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
To access Champ's Cupboard, students simply need to come to the front desk in the Student Life Office (Kirby Plaza 245) and show their ID card so that student status is verified. Students are then provided access to the cupboard, and they may take all the items they need. It's a great idea to bring a bag or backpack for the items taken. All that is asked at the end of the student's visit is for fill them to fill out a brief form (no questions are asked about why the student needs the food, the student's income, etc.). The form allows staff to track what items are taken, what needs to be replenished, and what items are popular.
Champ's Cupboard was established in 2013, and the support for the program from the UMD community has been phenomenal! Here's a link to a news story that shares information on the impact the Cupboard has had for UMD students.