Donate Financially

All donations will go directly towards fighting food insecurity on the CU Boulder campus. Money will be used to purchase food for distribution, meal swipes for on-campus meals, and grocery store gift cards for students in need.

Donate to the Basic Needs Center

Donate Food

We will graciously accept food and personal care item donations from students, staff, faculty and community members to distribute to Buff Pantry clients. The Buff Pantry accepts shelf stable items that have at least a three-month window to expiration. For questions regarding donations, email

Note: We are unable to provide any documentation for tax deductions when a food donation is made.

If you would like to provide a one-time donation to the Buff Pantry, please refer to the list of items below.

Food Items

  • Dried lentils
  • Dried and canned beans
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Cooking oils
  • Condiments
  • Canned meat
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Stocks, broths and sauces
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Protein bars
  • Protein shakes
  • Crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Spices
  • Ramen noodles, pho noodles, etc.
  • Boxed milk, evaporated milk and unsweetened alternative milks
  • Food for diverse diets including gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, etc.

Personal Care Items

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Bar soap
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand soap
  • Dish soap
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouth wash
  • Menstrual products
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Facial tissues
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Nail clippers

Other Items

  • Can opener
  • Food storage containers
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Utensils

Donations can be dropped off at the Buff Pantry during our hours of operation.

Amazon Wishlist

Shop from our Amazon Wishlist to have some of our most-needed items sent directly to the Buff Pantry. All items are non-perishable and will be distributed to CU Boulder students in need.

Shop our Wishlist

Swipe it forward

Donate a meal swipe to a fellow Buff in need!

We are collecting meal swipe donations to fight food insecurity on campus. On Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 2, anyone with a meal plan can donate one meal swipe. Just tell the cashier that you would like to donate.

Accepting donations at the following locations:

  • C4C Dining Center
  • Village Center Dining
  • Alferd Packer Grill
  • The Alley
  • Sewall Dining Center
  • SEEC Cafe

Only one meal swipe can be donated per person.

Don’t have a meal plan, but still want to help? Donate here.

If you have questions about this program, email