The Office of Undergraduate Education

Comet Cupboard

The Comet Cupboard is a UT Dallas food pantry initiative dedicated to helping students in need. Its primary mission is to provide necessary food and personal care items to members of the UT Dallas community, but its impact reaches much further. The Comet Cupboard acts as a service learning component of the undergraduate academic experience and strives to cultivate a campus culture where the community is valued above individualism. The Comet Cupboard is located in MC 1.604, in the basement of the McDermott Library.

Click to see a list of Comet Cupboard's needed items

Donate to the Comet Cupboard online

Using the Comet Cupboard - FAQ

Who can use the Comet Cupboard?
All students who are currently enrolled at UT Dallas are eligible to use the Comet Cupboard.
What types of items are available at the Comet Cupboard?
The Comet Cupboard currently accepts donations of non-perishable food items only. A list of commonly needed items is available here.
How many items may be taken?
Students are usually able to take up to 4 items per visit, but the number of items and variety of options may change based on availability.
How much does it cost to use the Comet Cupboard?
The Comet Cupboard is a FREE service.
How frequently can the Comet Cupboard be used?
Individuals may visit the Comet Cupboard once per day.
When is the Comet Cupboard open?

The Comet Cupboard is open during the following Fall hours:

  • Monday and Wednesday 12:00-6:00pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-7:30pm
  • Friday 3:00-6:00pm
  • Closed Saturdays and Sundays
How are items transported from the Comet Cupboard?
During the initial visit to the Comet Cupboard, individuals can receive one logo-imprinted bag. This bag can be re-used during subsequent visits to the Comet Cupboard. Individuals are also free to bring their own bag or box.

Donating Items

Who can donate items to the Comet Cupboard?
All individuals and organizations, both inside and outside the UT Dallas community, may donate items to the Comet Cupboard.
What types of items can be donated?
The Comet Cupboard currently accepts donations of non-perishable, unexpired food items only.
Where can donated items be dropped off?
Drop off locations include the Comet Cupboard (MC 1.604) and the Office of Undergraduate Education (FO 2.710). Permanent drop off containers will be located in other areas on the UT Dallas campus as operations expand.
Who should be contacted regarding oversized donations?
Contact the Office of Undergraduate Education via email or 972-883-6706 to discuss the drop off of your large, non-perishable food donation.
Can someone help deliver a donation to the Comet Cupboard?
Contact the Office of Undergraduate Education via email or 972-883-6706 for delivery assistance.
Can student organizations donate as a group?
All UT Dallas student organizations are encouraged to sponsor and participate in Comet Cupboard donation efforts. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Education via email or 972-883-6706 if your student organization is interested in helping.
Who should be contacted about donation drives?
We look forward to collaborating with you or your group to gather Comet Cupboard donations. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Education via email or 972-883-6706 concerning donation drives.

Donating Money

Can I donate money to the Comet Cupboard?
Yes! Your financial contributions enable the Comet Cupboard to purchase food at a reduced cost, ensuring a steady inventory of needed items.
Can I donate cash or by check?
The Comet Cupboard accepts donations of cash or personal checks made out to UT Dallas. You may bring your donation to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, located in MC 1.312, between 8am and 5pm. You may also mail your check to:

The University of Texas at Dallas
Office of Development and Alumni Relations, AD13
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080
Can I make an online donation?
Yes! Make your gift online at http://alumni.utdallas.edu/cometcupboard.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes! Your donation is tax-deductible. A gift receipt will be mailed to you for your records.

Volunteering - FAQ

Who can volunteer at the Comet Cupboard?
All UT Dallas students are eligible to volunteer, however, there is a limited number of volunteer spots available. Please submit an online Comet Cupboard Volunteer Interest Form to be considered as a volunteer.
What volunteer opportunities are available at the Comet Cupboard?
Volunteers are needed to assist students with using the Comet Cupboard during hours of operation. Assistance includes retrieving, packing, and weighing inventory items. Other opportunities include donation pickup from sites on or away from the UT Dallas campus and stocking shelves in the Comet Cupboard.
How do I become a Volunteer?
Submit your online Comet Cupboard Volunteer Interest Form. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Education via email or 972-883-6706 if you have questions.
What is the time commitment for volunteering?
Volunteer shifts working in the Comet Cupboard vary. Other tasks, such as donation pickup and stocking the Comet Cupboard range from one-two hours each.
Are Comet Cupboard student leadership opportunities available?
We have several student leadership teams supporting the Comet Cupboard. If you are interested in helping with Logistics, Internal Marketing, External Marketing, Volunteer Coordination, or Strategic Reporting, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Education via email or 972-883-6706. Students involved in Comet Cupboard leadership are expected to volunteer in the Comet Cupboard, alongside their leadership duties.

Click here for the Comet Cupboard Volunteer Interest Form

Contact Us

For further information about the Comet Cupboard, please contact:

The Office of Undergraduate Education
800 West Campbell Road, FO16
Office: FO 2.710
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Telephone: 972-883-6706