Big Blue Cupboard

Big Blue Cupboard

Our Mission
To serve UNK students and employees suffering from food insecurity in a pursuit to ensure that no student's efforts to obtain a higher education are hindered by hunger. We strive to provide this service in a non-judgmental, dignified, welcoming, on-campus environment.

About us
In 2012, after attending a NASPA conference and seeing a video about another campus starting a food pantry to help students – we knew this was something that needed to happen on our campus! In collaboration with Campus Kitchen we painted, put up shelves, and officially opened our doors on April 25, 2012. We are now members of the College & University Food Bank Alliance & have participated in NASPA to help other learn about starting food pantries of their own.

We provide food & hygiene items to students on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney that are in need. Students can "shop" the Big Blue Cupboard for the items of their choosing.

Community members in need may also utilize the pantry by making an appointment.

Where to Find Us
The Big Blue Cupboard is located in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in the Nebraskan Student Union on UNK's campus. The OMA office is located on the first floor, east end.

The hours of the Nebraskan Student Union are:

Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

High Need Food Items
Cereal, Peanut butter, canned meats, microwavable foods, rice, fruit (canned or cups), canned soups (not cream soups), hamburger helper, boxed dinners, dry pasta, snack foods, ramen noodles, oatmeal, juice, fruit drinks, etc.

Big Blue Cupboard Partners
University of Nebraska Foundation – provides funding for food when donations are low
Kearney Jubilee Center – provides fresh bread & produce
Campus Kitchens – Uses donated vegetables to cook meals for community members in need
Campus Lutheran – Provides hygiene products
American Association of University Women – provides feminine hygiene products (beginning in 2018)
Foodbank for the Heartland – provides training & a resource for food when donations are low

We are so thankful for these partners along with other student and community organizations which help the Big Blue Cupboard be a success through food and funding drives! If you are interested in helping or collaborating please contact Monica Mueller - muellermr@unk.edu