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.

The Comet Cupboard is anticipating food and personal care item shortages during the coming weeks. We hope you’ll help us continue to feed our hungry Comets! Contact to learn how to donate items, or donate online now.

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Using the Comet Cupboard - FAQ

Donating Items

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

  • 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. Students can also volunteer by helping in our Comet Cupboard Community Garden plot. In this role, students plant, weed, water and maintain the garden to help provide fresh produce to Comets who visit the Comet Cupboard.

    For a virtual volunteer option, students can sign up to assist with our social media graphics. We’d love to hear your hunger story, share your recipes, cook your favorite meals and create infographics to share with the Comet Cupboard community.

  • How do I become a Volunteer?

    Students, please submit an online Comet Cupboard Volunteer Interest Form to apply for a volunteer position during the following semester.

    Upon completion of the Volunteer training, students will be able to sign up to volunteer in the Comet Cupboard, the Comet Cupboard Community Garden Plot or assisting with Social Media Graphics.

  • What is the time commitment for volunteering?

    In-person volunteer shifts in the Comet Cupboard are typically 2 hours each, and the volunteer is allowed to select the shift(s) that work best with his/her schedule. For virtual volunteers, this will vary for each role ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours.

  • How do I verify my Comet Cupboard service hours?

    Please use EngageUTD to sign up and verify service hours for your service group or organization.

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
OUE Telephone: 972-883-6706
Comet Cupboard Office Telephone: 972-883-6613

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Create Church
Heritage Insurance
Raising Canes Chicken Fingers
North Texas Food Bank