Panther Pantry

75% of $5,000 goal
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An Anonymous DonorRob Ruchotzke gave $1,500

An Anonymous DonorDan Fick gave $5,000

An Anonymous DonorMichael Armbrecht gave $5,000

An Anonymous DonorLinda Cook gave $5,000

An Anonymous DonorKerry Sutherland gave $5,000

An Anonymous DonorDuane Smith gave $12,500

An Anonymous DonorTim Christian gave $15,000
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Panther Pantry

In the Spring of 2018, a food insecurities task force was created to determine the need of our students and the extent of insecurity on our campus for food and necessary items.

Based on the task force's findings that 16% of students surveyed had food insecurity, a recommendation was made to establish a food and necessity pantry on campus.

The pantry is a recognized student organization that is operated by a student executive board and student volunteers. Its operation is run out of the Office of Student Involvement in Maucker Union and is fully funded through donations.

The Purpose

The purpose of the Panther Pantry is to ensure that UNI students are able to get their basic food and necessity needs met. We recognize that in order to succeed in the classroom, and here at UNI, students need to have access to food.

Food Insecurity

Food insecurity refers to USDA's measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active healthy life. Food-Insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. It may reflect a household's need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing, medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods (Feeding America, 2018). For our students these tradeoffs also include tuition, books, and other school expenses.

High food security means that a person has no limitations gaining access to the food they need. Very low food security means there are multiple reasons why a person is unable to access the food they need, resulting in inconsistent eating patterns and reducing the amount of food they eat.

Quick Facts

The Panther Pantry continues their strong relationship with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. This partnership allows the Panther Pantry to purchase all food and necessity items at $0.19 per pound. Additional partners include Creekside Gardens on the UNI campus, Kwik Star, Starbucks, and various student organizations.

Fall 2022, the Pantry supported 293 students including 48 international students from 28 different countries. The pantry received 8,522 pounds of food and personal hygiene products from 30 donors ranging from student organizations, UNI departments and community supporters. 

So far this spring, 3,587 pounds of food and necessities have been distributed to 169 students (555 total visits). 

Thank you, Panther Nation! πŸ’œπŸ’›

Panther family, you're amazing! With your outpouring of support, we raised $316,683 and reached 1,884 donors in just 24 hours. Thanks for showing how you #LivePurpleGiveGold

244 days ago by Derick Stoulil
Help us reach our SUPER STRETCH goal of 1,876 donors!

Panther Nation, we are CRUSHING it! Help us reach our SUPER STRETCH goal of 1,876 donors in honor of UNI's founding year, 1876.

β€’ 1,330 donor goal — ACHIEVED

β€’ 1,500 donor stretch goal — ACHIEVED

β€’ 1,750 donor stretch goal — ACHIEVED

β€’ 1,876 donor stretch goal

Two hours left to make your gift before midnight at!

244 days ago by Derick Stoulil
​Forget our first stretch goal... already ready for the next one!

We just passed 1,500 donors and the momentum is still going! Can we hit 1,750 donors by midnight? Thanks for your incredible #LivePurpleGiveGold support, Panther Nation! 😻


244 days ago by Rob Ruchotzke
πŸŽ‰ 1,330 Goal Met! πŸŽ‰ Let's keep it going, Panther Nation!

Thanks to you, we just unlocked Panther Tim Christian's $15,000 challenge gift by reaching our 1,330 #LivePurpleGiveGold donor goal! πŸŽ‰ Help us reach our stretch goal of 1,500 donors and meet these challenges:
πŸ… 22 donors away from a $1,500 gift for first-time donors
πŸ… 11 states away from a $1,000 gift for reaching donors from all 50 states.
Make your gift by midnight at

244 days ago by Derick Stoulil
πŸ”“ We've unlocked the 1,250 donor challenge gift

It's a great day to be a Panther! Thanks to you, we just reached 1,250 donors and unlocked UNI Foundation Trustee Duane Smith's gift of $12,500! 

244 days ago by Derick Stoulil
1,000 Donors

Way to go, Panther Nation! We just reached 1,000 donors and unlocked a $10,000 gift from trustees Linda Cook and Michael Armbrecht. Thanks to all who have given to #LivePurpleGiveGold.

244 days ago by Derick Stoulil
750 Donors

With your support, we just unlocked a $5,000 gift from trustee Dan Fick for reaching 750 #LivePurpleGiveGold donors! Thanks to all our alumni and friends who have supported UNI today. 

244 days ago by Derick Stoulil
500 Donors!

Thanks to you, we just reached 500 DONORS! Super stoked and thankful to all our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who have supported so far.

244 days ago by Derick Stoulil


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Tim Christian
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Gave $15,000 during a Challenge!
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Duane Smith
Gave $12,500 during a Challenge!
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matched a total of $7,500
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Michael Armbrecht
Gave $5,000 during a Challenge!
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Threase Harms
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Paul & Stacy Wolf
matched a total of $5,000
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Dan Fick
Gave $5,000 during a Challenge!
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Kerry Sutherland
Gave $5,000 during a Challenge!
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Linda Cook
Gave $5,000 during a Challenge!