How to help

We are so excited you want to help us!

Thank you for supporting our mission to ensure that no one goes without at U-M. There are many ways you can help. From making monetary donations to dropping off items like cookware and food to donating your time.

MONEY

Please consider a monetary donation to the Maize and Blue Cupboard—your dollar can go ten times further to help a student in need. Monetary donations must be made online.

TIME

Interested in being a volunteer? Anyone can help, no experience is necessary, and you can sign up for a shift that works with your schedule. If you wish to host a drive, please contact us to see what the Maize & Blue Cupboard currently needs.

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GOODS

Consider donating produce, canned and dry goods, cookware and personal care items. To ensure the health and safety of students are met, we only accept items that comply with federal, state, and local food safety regulations. See the main How to Help page to learn more.

Here are some tips for donating items at the Maize and Blue Cupboard:

  • Fresh produce should be whole, with no signs of mold, spoilage or severe bruising.
  • Canned and dry goods should be unopened and in their original packaging, have an intact label with ingredients and allergens, and be in good condition (no dents, bulging, or rust).
  • We are unable to accept expired items.

Donate food Items, including:

  • Fruits & vegetables in a variety of colors. Look for canned fruit in its own juice or with “no sugar added.” Look for canned vegetables what say “low sodium” or “no salt added.”
  • Whole grains as often as you can, including brown rice or barley, oatmeal, quinoa and more. Look for 100% whole grain on the package or look for whole grain as the first ingredient on the ingredient list.
  • Protein-rich foods like canned beans, seafood, and lean meats. Look for “no salt added,” low sodium, and canned in water (instead of oil) varieties.
  • Low-fat (1%) or non-fat dairy products.
  • Shelf-stable healthy fats that are liquid at room temperature.
  • Donate dry, ground herbs and spices whenever possible. By donating spices, you help enable students to flavor their food without a lot of added salt.

Donate kitchenware and personal care items like:

  • Pots and pans, cutting boards and knives, plates, bowls and silverware and more.
  • Students can always use items like toilet paper, paper towel and other self-care necessities like shampoo, conditioner and deodorant.
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