Crimson Cupboard Food Pantry

Emergency Meal Program

Our Emergency Meal Program is available to students that are struggling with food insecurity. Food insecurity is when people don't have enough to eat and don't know where their next meal will come from.

  • To receive an emergency meal, students must be registered shoppers at Crimson Cupboard food pantry.
  • Student must demonstrate an emergency financial hardship that hinders their ability to purchase food.
  • There is a limit of one emergency meal per week with a limit of five meals a semester, per student.

The Office of Student Life stands ready to support your overall IU experience. Please visit our basic needs webpage for additional resources as you navigate your IU journey.

If you have a general question about the emergency meal program, please email with your full name and inquiry.

Request an emergency meal

Volunteer at the food pantry

Volunteers keep the food pantry running for students in need. If you would like to volunteer your time at the Crimson Cupboard, send us an email at We will contact you with training information and opportunities.

Donate to the food pantry

Food donations

If you would like to make a food donation or set up a food drive on behalf of Crimson Cupboard, please email us at

Monetary donations

Donations to the Crimson Cupboard will go directly to helping students who are food insecure. If you would like to make a monetary donation to Crimson Cupboard, please email us at or make a gift to the IU Foundation’s Crimson Cupboard Fund.

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