Food Pantry – “The Open Seat”

The Open Seat Logo


Fall Hours:

Sunday, 1:30 – 5:00PM

Tuesday, 4:00 – 7:00PM

Wednesday, 6:00 – 9:00PM

Located in room 4209, 4th floor
Student Activity Center (SAC)

Please drop by anytime we are open
or email us at
if the scheduled times don’t work for you.


Mission Statement:
“The Open Seat” strives to alleviate the stresses of food insecurity by providing friendly and accessible sources of food for the students of The University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Donation Locations

Donations bins are located in the following locations:

  • The Financial Aid Office (9th Floor of the 333 E Campus Mall)
  • Student Activity Center main desk (3rd floor of 333 E Campus Mall)
  • ASM office (4th floor 333 E Campus Mall)
  • Red Gym (Main Lobby)
  • School of Nursing (Main Lobby)
  • Dean of Students Office, 70 Bascom
  • Union South – across from Main desk, 1st Floor
  • Genetics Building
  • Microbial Sciences Building
  • UHS floors 5-8, 333 E Campus Mall
  • DoIT Tech Store at Computer Sciences
  • Engineering Centers Building – Room 170
  • McBurney Disability Resource Center

What to donate
We accept non- perishable, non-expired cans (cans must not be dented or rusted) and other unopened packages (such as toiletries, toothpaste, dish soap, etc.). All items must be unopened with the original, readable, sealed packaging.   Donations can be placed in bins labeled for “The Open Seat” at any time, or brought to the ASM office, 4th floor of 333 E Campus Mall from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

If you would like to donate but need items picked up, or have additional questions please contact