Parents and Families


The Maize & Blue Cupboard (MBC), the College of Engineering (CoE)  and Ann Arbor-based Food Gatherers are continuing their partnership this semester to offer North Campus Mobile Food Distributions for the winter term, as well as Stressbuster events for your student. 
The initial idea for the North Campus Distribution pilot originated through the COVID Campus Challenge, sponsored by the College of Engineering and Student Life. 

Trucks will deliver food items to the connector hallway between Pierpont Commons and the Duderstadt building directly across from the gallery space. Shoppers can pick up pre-bagged vegetables and fruits as well as non-perishables pre-boxed for safety.

Reservations and a valid U-M ID are required to participate in the mobile distribution and can be made through the Maize & Blue Cupboard website. It is suggested that those participating bring a reusable bag or other method to carry groceries. Volunteers and donations of resources are also needed. Visit the Maize & Blue Cupboard website to see how you can help.
Upcoming dates for the North Campus Mobile Food Distribution are: 

  • Feb 10 and 24
  • March 10 and 24
  • April 7 and 21

Additionally, the College of Engineering will host live stream cooking demonstrations as part of the Stressbusters series this semester featuring Michigan Catering’s Executive Chef Russ Palmer. This interactive cooking demo will incorporate items found either at the Maize and Blue Cupboard or the mobile food distributions to make healthy, comforting meals, allowing students to gather meal ideas and ask questions during the live stream. 
Chef Palmer, along with a student, will conduct these demos on the off weeks in between the mobile distributions (Feb 3 and 17, March 3, 17, and 31, and April 14). 
The videos will be posted on the MBC website along with recipe information.  Other Stressbuster events -- designed to bust stress, promote well-being, and have fun -- include Coping Skills Workshop: Mindfulness, Virtual Problem Solving, and Orienteering with Maps & Compass, among others.