Parents and Families


College students experience food insecurity at alarming rates, with more than 30 percent of University of Michigan students experiencing food insecurity in some way. The Maize and Blue Cupboard (MBC) provides an immediate and comprehensive response to food insecurity for the U-M community by offering resources, educational opportunities, and compassionate support. In addition, the MBC helps students develop the skills to make informed decisions.

Operating during a pandemic has brought on new challenges, and with many students reliant on the Cupboard, in March the MBC increased its weekly days of operation from three to seven in response to the growing demand. In all, MBC served 1541 shoppers during the month of June and 5386 since Covid-19. 

To use MBC, your student will need to present their MCard before shopping. A limited number of shoppers are able to enter the Maize and Blue Cupboard at a time and all shoppers must wear a mask upon entering the cupboard. 

Follow the Maize and Blue Cupboard on Facebook or visit their website for more information about the cupboard and how your student can use its services. Also, opportunities are available to support the team during this time of need. 

If you don’t need a resource, be a resource!