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.
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 and personal care 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 2 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?
At this time, students currently enrolled at UT Dallas may use the Comet Cupboard twice per week. This usage policy may change based on food availability.
When is the Comet Cupboard open?
The Comet Cupboard is open during the following Fall 2016 hours:
- Monday - Friday: 12pm – 6pm
The Comet Cupboard is closed the following holidays:
- Fall Break: Mon. Nov. 21-Wed. Nov. 23, 2016
- Thanksgiving Holidays: Thurs. Nov. 24 – Fri. Nov. 25, 2016
- Fall Intersession: Fri. Dec. 16 – Wed. Dec. 21, 2016
- Winter Break: Thurs. Dec. 22 – Fri. Dec. 30, 2016
Donating to Comet Cupboard - FAQ
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 and personal care items only.
Where can donated items be dropped off?
The Comet Cupboard has five drop off locations for donations:
- Multicultural Center, Student Services Building SSB 2.400
- Office of Stem & Research, Founders Building FO 3.118 (Drop Box outside of office)
- Information Resources, ROC (Main hallway of second floor)
- Comet Cupboard, McDermott Library MC 1.604 (Drop box outside of Comet Cupboard)
- Comet Cupboard Office MC 1.302 (SSC Suite)
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 departments, student organizations, or groups host a food drive?
All UT Dallas departments, student organizations, and external groups are encouraged to sponsor and participate in Comet Cupboard donation efforts. To host a food drive in support of the Comet Cupboard, please complete a Comet Cupboard Food Drive Application.
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 - FAQ
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 at 3000 Waterview Parkway, in the Synergy Park North Building (SPN 2.120), between 8am and 5pm. You may also mail your check to:
The University of Texas at Dallas
Office of Development and Alumni Relations, SPN10
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 currently enrolled UT Dallas undergraduate students are eligible and encouraged to volunteer, although there are a limited number of volunteer spots available.
What volunteer opportunities are available at the Comet Cupboard?
The Comet Cupboard is run solely by student volunteers. Volunteers are needed to assist students as they shop for necessary food and personal care items, receive and process incoming donations, stock shelves, manage Cupboard inventory, and occasionally pickup donations from sites on or away from the UT Dallas campus.
How do I become a Volunteer?
Becoming a Volunteer is easy! Please submit an online Comet Cupboard Volunteer Interest Form to apply for a volunteer position during the Fall 2016 semester. The deadline to apply is September 28th, 2016. You will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the required online volunteer training after submitting your application. Contact the Comet Cupboard via email cupboard@utdallas or 972-883-2950 if you have questions.
What is the time commitment for volunteering?
Volunteer shifts in the Comet Cupboard are typically 1.5 hours each, and the volunteer is allowed to select the shift(s) that work best with his/her schedule. We ask that volunteers commit to 6 shifts per semester, but we can accommodate those who need to fulfill one-time service-hour requirements as well. The Comet Cupboard is conveniently located on-campus which makes volunteering easy!
Are Comet Cupboard student leadership opportunities available?
The Comet Cupboard Leadership Committee will begin in the Spring 2017 semester. We have several Student Leadership teams supporting the Comet Cupboard. Students involved in Comet Cupboard leadership are expected to volunteer in the Comet Cupboard, alongside their leadership duties.
How do I verify my Comet Cupboard service hours?
Please use the Comet Cupboard Service Hours Verification Form to verify service hours.
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
OUE Telephone: 972-883-6706
Comet Cupboard Office Telephone: 972-883-2950