Hunger and food insecurity are a growing problems on college campuses. A 2019 national survey indicated 39% of college students were food insecure in a 30-day period (#RealCollege 2020: Five Years of Evidence on Campus Basic Needs Insecurity)*. Even students on our campus struggle with not having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of nutritious food. A spring 2017 campus survey indicated that 44.6% of students on campus had experienced food insecurity at least once per semester.

Pioneer Provisions is a free pantry/grocery service on campus for students experiencing food insecurity. All currently enrolled UW-Platteville students are eligible to utilize Pioneer Provisions, and should come during the scheduled open hours and bring their campus card. Pioneer Provisions is set up in a shopping-style format, so students can grab a shopping bag, or bring their own, and take what they need. Some high-demand items may be restricted. Volunteer staff are present during open hours to assist with questions or special requests.

Location: Glenview Commons, northeast entrance (new location)
Tuesday and Wednesday | 3–6 p.m. (winter and summer hours may vary)

Pioneer Provisions stocks non-perishable food items and hygiene items in several categories, including:

  • Proteins (beans, tuna, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Grains (pasta, rice, cereal, etc.)
  • Canned and Dried Vegetables (peas, corn, carrots, etc.)
  • Canned and Dried Fruits (peaches, pears, pineapple, etc.)
  • Convenience Meals (soup, ravioli, etc.)
  • Dietary Needs (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.)
  • Hygiene Items (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, period products, etc.)

Since October 2017, limited fresh produce, fresh meat, and fresh bakery items has also been available. If you are in need of groceries, but can't make it to Pioneer Provisions during the scheduled open hours, to schedule an alternate pick-up time email

Pioneer Provisions will not require you to report income or complete any eligibility paperwork to receive food. We do request that students swipe their Pioneer Passport ID card when visiting. When you swipe, we store a 16-digit number to help us record the date and time of the visit. We use this information to keep track of the number of visits we have and the peak usage times. Your personal information is protected; all data is reported in aggregate with no unique identifying information attached.

How to donate

Pioneer Provisions is happy to accept donations of in-date, unopened, non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items. Donations may be dropped off during scheduled open hours (see above). If you have a large delivery of donations, or are interested in coordinating a donation drive event and would like to give your collected items to Pioneer Provisions, please email

Through our collaborative partnership with the Southwest Wisconsin Community Action Program (SWCAP), Pioneer Provisions is also able to accept monetary donations. Please visit our giving and support page to donate to the Pioneer Provisions Fund.

At this time, our most needed items are:

  • Canned or dried fruit
  • Pasta, especially whole wheat
  • Cereal, especially whole grain
  • Peanut butter
  • Hygiene items, especially shampoo, soap/body wash, and toothpaste

Unfortunately, Pioneer Provisions is not able to accept the following items:

  • Homemade or home-canned items
  • Open packages
  • Medications/vitamins

Get involved

Awareness and donation events and volunteer staffing are coordinated by the Pioneer Pantry student organization. To learn more about the organization, including their meeting times and locations, check out PioneerLinkFacebook, or Instagram.

Baker-Smith, C, Coca, V, Goldrick-Rab, S, Looker, E, Richardson, B, and Williams T. (2020, Feb.). #RealCollege 2020: Five Years of Evidence on Campus Basic Needs Insecurity. Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice.

Contact Information

Dining Services

1300 Markee Pioneer Student Center