The Colonel's Cupboard

Family Weekend Food Drive:

On Saturday, October 8th, we hope that EKU Students, Parents, and Guests will bring food to support our On-Campus Food Pantry the Colonel's Cupboard with them when they check-in at Registration for Family Weekend.  The Cupboard is in need of canned goods or other nonperishable food items (for example: peanut butter, pasta sauce, and canned chicken).

Even if you are not able to donate, during the Family Weekend Picnic a service opportunity will be available for people to volunteer for 5 minutes or 30 minutes to help sort food donations, and pack food boxes for our students.

Why Donate?

  • 1 in 6 EKU students experience food insecurity during the first semester on campus
  • 21% of EKU students might need food assistance at some point during their college experience
  • 10% of EKU students could benefit from regular food pantry assistance.
To learn more about the Cupboard, and how you can help, please read the rest of our website to find out about our mission and operations.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at

What does the Cupboard do?

If you or a friend is currently enrolled in at least one class here at EKU, then The Colonel’s Cupboard is here to serve y’all.  The Colonel’s Cupboard at Eastern Kentucky University is a service of Student Life that provides emergency food boxes to currently enrolled students of the University (full or part-time) in need. The Cupboard will provide any student, who is worried or concerned about food security with an emergency food box and connect them to other local services to help with long term challenges they may be facing.

What is Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity - defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people's dietary needs- has been on the rise for the past several years.  It touches all students - undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.  WHO states food security is built on: 1. food availability (sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis); 2. food access (having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet; and 3. food use (appropriate use based on knowledge of basic nutrition and care).

Individuals can fall on a specturum of food security:

  • Food Secure - they know where there next meal will come from, and they have access to a nutritionally sustaining meal.
  • Marginally Food Secure - where although someone has access to food, they are experiencing anxiety about where there next meal may come from
  • Food Insecurity - where students are decreasing there food intake, skipping meals, or eating less nutritionally valuable meals due to external forces (for example, working less hours at work due to illness, a change in employment, or a veterans benefit check not arriving when it was scheduled to).

What’s in a food box? 

The boxes contain a week’s worth of healthy, nutritionally balanced meals, based on MyPlate (the new food pyramid).  We also try to include other items, like: disposable utensils, paper plates, or contact materials for local services when needed

Why is nutrition important?

It is a fact that brain function and nutrition are linked.  Improper or insufficient nutrition leads to a lack of energy and concentration.  You cannot be at your academic best if you’re hungry!  And you can’t live solely on coffee and energy drinks!

Could you use some help?

To apply for a food box or other assistance simply fill out an Intake Form by clicking the request assistance tab or email: You can also drop in to the Cupboard itself at Commonwealth Hall, 2nd Floor and fill out the forms in person.

To the extent permitted by Kentucky law, confidentiality of students receiving assistance is protected.