Cougar Cupboard started in January 2020 as a Food for Change Market site in partnership with the Houston Food Bank. Students are able to receive up to 30lbs perishable and non-perishable foods per week to total 120lbs of per month. All students are eligible if they are currently enrolled at the university. Since opening, the cupboard has given out a total of 34, 441 pounds of food to 723 students enrolled and an average of 152 visits per month. To accommodate for those students without transportation, the cupboard uses door dash to deliver food.
At least 1 out of 3 college students have some level of food insecurity. The Cougar Cupboard has seen a steady rise in students utilizing the cupboard. The cupboard is helping students obtain food and at times necessary household items (toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc.). Funds raised will help expand the cupboard to help more students, pay for a permanent position to operate the cupboard and buy necessary items that the Houston Food Bank may not provide.