Students look at shelves of cereal and canned goods at the UM-Flint Wolverine Food Den, a food pantry for students experiencing food insecurity.

The Wolverine Food Den is a “by students, for students” initiative to help students who face food insecurities on campus. In 2015, students from UM-Flint’s social work program wanted to assist in addressing food insecurities, which affects many college students. The Department of Social Work conducted a study on the Flint campus about student food insecurity. This study indicated that 58 percent of the respondents stated they skipped or missed meals due to the availability of food sometimes, often, or all the time, while 38 percent reported lacking basic food needs. Since this time, more than 30 students have worked on this project. These students successfully secured grants from the Ann Arbor campus and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, while also establishing key partnerships that will sustain operations of the new student pantry.

The food pantry is open to all registered students. Students in need can visit the pantry as many times as needed for food and basic toiletries. 


The Wolverine Food Den is closed for the semester break. Will re-open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. 

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Volunteer for agency credits

If you'd like to help out the Wolverine Food Den, you can turn volunteer hours at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan into agency credits. Schedule a group today!

For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Keri Brack at 810-396-0210 or kbrack@fbem.us.

UM-Flint food pantry focus of Giving Blueday

The University of Michigan-Flint’s Giving Blueday is an annual philanthropic day that encourages alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends to support our students, schools and colleges, programs, units, and scholarships.

UM-Flint students browse the shelves of the Wolverine Food Den, a food pantry for students experiencing food insecurity

UM-Flint unveils Wolverine Food Den for Students

The phrase “for students, by students” perfectly captures both the purpose and origin of UM-Flint’s new food pantry, whose opening was announced on campus, Tuesday, April 16.