Food and Clothing Services

Paws’ Pantry is open for students on an appointment-only basis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Students can shop once per week. Please bring your CrimsonCard.

Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance of the requested pick up time. Select an appointment time and the requested items for your pre-packed bag.

Use the link below to select your appointment day/time:



Paws’ Closet is open for virtual appointments 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Email to set up a virtual appointment.

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. Paws' Pantry and Paws' 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 Paws' 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 Paws' 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

Student applying color coded stickers to items for use at Paws' pantry.
Two students talking on a bench outside in the courtyard outside of Cavanaugh Hall.

When you come to Paws' Pantry or Paws' 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 Paws' Pantry, every item is marked with a color-coded sticker. At Paws' 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

Paws' Closet Sponsors:
The IUPUI Welcoming Campus Innovation Fund

Paws' 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