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.
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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?
Individuals may visit the Comet Cupboard once per day.
When is the Comet Cupboard open?
The Comet Cupboard is open during the following Summer 2016 hours:
- Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 12pm-3pm
The Comet Cupboard is closed the following holidays:
- Memorial Day: May 30, 2016
- Independence Day: July 4, 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, Alexander Clark Center CN (Hallway of main entrance)
- Comet Cupboard, McDermott Library MC 1.604 (Drop box outside of Comet Cupboard)
- Comet Cupboard Office FO 2.704 B
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 - 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 UT Dallas students are eligible and encouraged 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?
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?
What is the time commitment for volunteering?
Volunteer shifts in the Comet Cupboard are generally about 1.5 hours each and you can choose which shifts work best for your schedule. We ask that volunteers commit to 5 hours per month, 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 it easy to volunteer.
Are Comet Cupboard student leadership opportunities available?
We have several Student Leadership teams supporting the Comet Cupboard. If you are interested in helping with Internal Marketing, External Marketing, Volunteer Coordination, or being a Cupboard Student Ambassador, 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.
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