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The Cap Cupboard

Bag of groceries

Mission Statement:

The Cap Cupboard at Capital University strives to alleviate food insecurity among Capital students, staff and faculty by providing free and accessible food and hygiene items to those in need. Capital students with need will also be connected to resources, both on and off campus. 

Resources Provided

  • Nonperishable Food Items
  • Hygiene Products
  • School Supplies
  • Weekend Bags
  • Bags for Break
  • Linkages to Community Resources

Contact Information

Tristen Davis,


Monday-Friday 2pm-4pm and 6-8pm 


Harry C. Moores Student Union, Basement, Room 008 

Background of the Cap Cupboard

The Cap Cupboard, opened during the 2018 Fall Semester, is a food resource center for Capital University students run by students, faculty, and staff volunteers. Through current university-wide Student Success initiatives and student self-reporting, Capital University learned that food security is a significant barrier to student success. While connecting students to resources is a trademark of Capital University, we have not been able to provide immediate relief and benefit to any student in need. By implementing the Capital Cupboard, a food resource center, we gain the ability to support students long-term. 

During the 2022-2023 school year, there has been a record of over 170 visits to the Cap Cupboard.  The Cap Cupboard has grown to provide additional resources to continue serving people over weekends and breaks through our Bags for Break and Weekend Bags programs. The Cap Cupboard added toiletry and hygiene items to the list of available resources in Spring 2019. We hope to continue to add resources to the Cap Cupboard as we learn more about our students’ needs.

Resources are available to any student registered for at least one credit hour at Capital University, and any faculty and staff member. The Cap Cupboard does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or the presence of a disability. 


Capital students, faculty, and staff can volunteer at the Cap Cupboard. To learn more, contact

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The Cap Cupboard accepts nonperishable food items that are unopened and not expired. Hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and soap are also acceptable for donations. The Cap Cupboard also accepts school supplies in good or barely used condition. For a list of suggested items visit our Amazon Wishlist.

Donations can be shipped to: 

Cap Cupboard
Attn: Tristen Davis
1 College and Main
Columbus, OH 43209

Monetary gifts can also be made to Capital University with a designation to the Cap Cupboard. Food and hygiene product donations are accepted at the Office of Student and Community Engagement.