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Presidents United to Solve Hunger

Updates due to COVID-19

PUSH Pantry services are limited during finals and spring break. We are grateful to the efforts to keep our communities healthy and to prevent spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, but we also recognize students are feeling the impact of reduced work hours or campus resources available. The following food access resources are available to CWU students:


  • FISH pantry hours remain the same: Monday, Tuesday 2:30 pm – 5 pm; Wednesday, Thursday 2 pm – 4 pm; Friday 9 am – 11:30 am; Closed Saturday, Sunday
    • Clients are not admitted to browse the pantry, but will receive groceries at a “pass through” location marked for distribution. Grocery distribution will be prepackaged.
    • Any who is sick should not go to the pantry, but can call their office at 509-925-5990 to get instructions on how to receive food
    • FISH is continuing to accept new clients
    • All information is updated on
  • Contact APOYO for information on how to receive food. Contact information can be found at
  • Students can apply for Basic Food benefits online or by phone at (877) 501-2233. A decision tree is located here to help determine eligibility.
  • PUSH pantries located in academic buildings will not be accessible during spring break. Contact us at 509-963-1585 if you have questions or are looking for support in accessing any resources listed above, or contact the CWU Office of Case Management at 509-963-1515.

Please follow Public Health recommendations during this time. Keep each other safe, keep in touch with your loved ones, and take good care of your community. 

Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH)

No academic program is effective if a student is hungry or homeless. As a participant in the Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) initiative, Central cares for students who are homeless or hungry by responding to students in emergency situations and providing the vital resources that students need to succeed. If you are interested in supporting hungry CWU students and promoting student success, please consider donating to the PUSH Fund, with all proceeds going toward students with food insecurities. As one program advocate shared, "It's not enough to provide a scholarship that covers tuition. A hungry student cannot learn effectively. We have to feed the body before we feed the mind."

How to Give

Do you want to know how you can donate to PUSH? View our funding opportunities below.

Donate to the Program


Presidents United to Solve Hunger PUSH Fund—This fund works to connect students and other members of our campus community in need of basic resources with food, shelter, clothing, and more. Your support plays a critical role in the success of PUSH on the CWU campus, in the community, and will help students thrive and grow.


Request Food Assistance

The following eligibility requirements are in place for students looking to request food assistance. Please be mindful that the program changed between 2019 and 2020 and there are new requirements in place. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Students may request emergency funds if:

  • They have no ready access to money with which to buy food
  • Currently enrolled at CWU
  • Balance in meal plan or Wildcat Bucks of $7.00 or less
  • If having previously requested PUSH funds, less than $3.00 of those funds remain 
  • Funds have not already been requested the same day

Students will receive $25.00 upon requesting funds. Those funds will be available immediately, or within 15 minutes. They will be available for five days, after which the funds will go back into the main fund. Students may request a second time, but after this request they will be directed to set a meeting with the CWU Office of Case Management. After this point, a Case Manager will determine additional need and the student may make an additional request. Students are limited to three requests per academic year. This is to ensure fund stability, and provide meals to as many students as we can. The Office of Case Management can be contacted at 509-963-1515.

Take what you need, leave what you can.

PUSH maintains pantries across campus for students to access food resources. You can pick up items at any PUSH Pantry location, which are open during building hours. Items may also be donated at any pantry location. Please donate only unopened items. See our donate page for a list of suggested items.

Join the CWU PUSH Club

Follow the CWU PUSH Club on Facebook to learn about upcoming meetings, events, and general news. We meet at 6:00 p.m. in Michaelsen Hall, room 127 every other Wednesday. We invite everyone to join us to learn more about PUSH. Contact the President Brenna Carlson at with any questions.


If you're not sure where to go...

Book an appointment with the CWU Office of Case Management. They are here to help connect you with resources that can make a difference.

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