Food and Clothing Services

Paws’ Pantry and Closet are closed until further notice. Students in need of food assistance can download the Community Compass app to learn about nearby resources. For student advocacy and support resources and services, please email

Fuel up and dress for success

We know how hard it is to concentrate when you’re in a financial pinch and wondering how you're going to meet your basic needs. You’re anxious about where your next meal will come from and you’re extra tired, even for a college student. You're trying to get a job to ease the stress, but you don't have anything professional to wear. Getting top grades might not seem like a high priority when you’re thinking about those basic needs. Paw's Pantry and Paw's Closet are here to reduce your worries by providing you with food and clothing assistance so you can finish school.

All members of the IUPUI community are welcome at Paw’s Pantry. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student—undergraduate, graduate, international, on-campus resident, or commuter—faculty, or staff. We have fresh, frozen, and nonperishable food to help you fuel up and focus.

All IUPUI students are also welcome at Paw's Closet. Regardless of which service you take advantage of, if you are in need, we don’t ask questions and we won’t stop you. If you have a CrimsonCard, you can shop with us.

Thanks to our generous donors, you'll find foods to satisfy every meal—breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We even have snacks for those late-night study sessions and hygiene products.

Shop for your supper

Two students talking on a bench outside in the courtyard outside of Cavanaugh Hall.

When you come to Paw’s Pantry or Paw's Closet for the first time, we’ll ask you to fill out an online form. This short questionnaire collects some basic information so that we can continue to provide a helpful shopping experience to you. We'll also ask you to sign a release waiver.

Each time you shop, you’ll scan your CrimsonCard. Think of it as a digital hello.

It’s time to shop! If you're shopping at Paw's Pantry, every item is marked with a color-coded sticker. At Paw's Closet, you'll find items categorized by everyday attire, business attire, and accessories.

At both locations, so that we can provide items fairly to all of our shoppers, we request that our shoppers stay within a designated limit during each visit. Our volunteers will help you stick to your shopping list.

Just like any store, you’ll need to check out. We don’t collect any money, though. We just want to make sure you selected items with the appropriate limit. We also need to see what you picked so we can track our inventory and keep our shelves fully stocked.

Thank you for your support

Paw's Closet Sponsors:
The IUPUI Welcoming Campus Innovation Fund

Paw's Pantry Sponsors:
Robert H. McKinney School of Law: Development Office, Health Policy and Management at Fairbanks School of Public Health​, Academic and Career Development, Center for Teaching and Learning, University Library, Liberal Arts Alumni Association Board, Office of Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs, Campus Center and Student Experiences, Student Affairs, School of Social Work, Division of Enrollment Management (Admissions), Herron School of Art and Design, Institute for Engaged Learning, IUPUI Alumni Council, IUPUI School of Science Alumni Board