The Wildcat Pantry can help you access any of the below resources. Feel free to contact us with any questions or assistance. If you are unsure if you qualify for a resource or can't find one that meet's your needs we encourage you to contact us. 


CWU Resources

  • Food & Supplies

    SNAP benefits

    Many college students (including everyone who is eligible for Work Study) are eligible for food assistance. If you’re eligible, you will receive a debit card with a monthly amount that you can use at the grocery store, many farmer’s markets, and other locations. To get help applying for SNAP, call 211 or visit FISH Food Bank. SNAP benefits


    Dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-877-211-9274) will automatically connect you confidentially with a referral specialist who can help you brainstorm solutions/resources to a wide variety of concerns, including but not limited to food and/or housing assistance. You will be asked for personal information, however, they will not record any of it without your permission. They also are able to provide interpretation in over 200 languages. 211

    CWU Wildcat Pantry

    The Wildcat Pantry in Brooks Library 101C is a free resource for the CWU Community to access food, hygiene products, and the CWU Career Services casual clothing closet. Outside of the pantry, our work helps students finish their degrees, reach self-actualization, and get the most out of their CWU experience. CWU Wildcat Pantry.

    CWU Nutrition Counseling Services

    Registered Dietitian provides medical nutrition therapy/nutrition education to clients on the CWU campus. Clients are also seen on an individual basis for food allergies, customizing food likes/dislikes to Dining Services menus, vegetarian dietary needs, and special dietary requirements. CWU Nutrition Counseling Services

    CWU Career Services Professional Clothing Closet

    Free interview, conference, and workplace attire for CWU students. Located in Career Services office in Bouillon. Please use the Clothing Closet booking page to make your appointment or call our office at (509) 963-1921 for assistance. CWU Career Services Professional Clothing Closet

  • Parents & Families

    CWU Family Resource Center

    Offers services to CWU families and the broader community, including clothing, diapers, and toiletries. CWU Family Resource Center

    CWU Family Study Space

    Faculty, staff, and students with young children are invited to use the Family Study Space (FSS) located on the first floor of Brooks Library near the Learning Commons. In addition to child-friendly furniture, the space offers a selection of circulating children’s books, learning manipulatives, and creative play areas. Children must always be supervised. CWU Family Study Space

    Early Childhood Learning Center

    Dedicated to support CWU student parents with children ages 4 weeks-12 years old. Early Childhood Learning Center.

  • Technology & Equipment

    CWU Equipment Checkout

    Multimodal Education Center offers a variety of equipment ranging from laptops and GoPros to projectors and lavalier microphones. Equipment checkout is free to all members of the CWU community with a current CWU Connection Card. CWU Equipment Checkout.

    CWU Libraries Borrow & Request

    Check-out books, media, laptops, Go Pros, and several other materials using your CWU connection card. CWU Libraries Borrow & Request

  • Transportation

    CWU Transit

    Safe reliable fare free Ellensburg Public Transit System which operates 7 days a week (except certain holidays). All buses are ADA accessible and are equipped with bicycle racks. CWU Transit.

    CWU Sustainability Transportation

    Guide for regional transportation options as well as biking on campus. CWU Sustainability Transportation.

    Ride share

    Facebook group to help CWU students find rides to and from Ellensburg. Ride share

  • Health Care & Wellness

    CWU Diversity & Equity Center (DEC)

    Centers the needs of students with marginalized identities. They provide holistic student support, identity-based & cultural programs, and social justice workshops to cultivate a sense of belonging and community at Central Washington University (CWU) and beyond. CWU Diversity & Equity Center (DEC).

    CWU Student Health Services

    Provides you with personalized, comprehensive health care focusing on wellness and prevention. Their team provides compassionate health care services to patients. CWU Student Health Services.

    Disability Services

    Serves students with permanent and temporary disabilities attending Central on the Ellensburg campus, online or at any of our eight University Centers. Our mission is to make university life accessible to students with disabilities. Disability Services.

    CWU Student Counseling Services

    Provide mental health services offered by licensed counselors, psychologists, and doctoral interns. Designated Telehealth rooms for virtual counseling sessions, as well as different support groups throughout the year. CWU Student Counseling Services.


    a 24/7 “doctor in your pocket” with immediate access and connection to medical professionals in areas of medical help, counseling services, health coaching and more. Download the app TimelyCare and sign in with CWU credentials for access. WildcatCare365

    CWU Wellness Center

    Provides education, awareness, and health promotion for CWU students around the Dimensions of Wellbeing. Focus areas are Mental Health Education and Help Seeking Behaviors, Substance Misuse Prevention and Recovery Support, and Sexual Assault Response and Violence Prevention. CWU Wellness Center.


    Confidential advocate for Substance Misuse. LEAD


    Confidential advocate for those who have experienced Interpersonal Violence. PATH.

    CWU Office of Case Management

    Strives to identify and connect with students experiencing obstacles to success, and enhances holistic student wellness through assessment, support, and connections to various formal and informal resources. CWU Office of Case Management.

  • Financial Wellness

    CWU Financial Wellness Center

    Located in Bouillon 102, their goal is to educate the community on financial resources available and the financial obligations of higher education while helping students foster a healthy relationship with money through knowledge. CWU Financial Wellness Center

  • Campus Safety & Reporting

    CWU Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Provides a comprehensive array of resources, education, and crisis management services. CWU Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

    CWU Behaviors of Concern

    an online reporting and care referral mechanism for all members of the CWU Community through Guardian Conduct. This reporting form and information is private, but not confidential and does not route directly to confidential student services. CWU Behaviors of Concern

    CWU We Care

    When students experience sexual harassment and/or violence, they may want to report their experience to get support, request accommodations, or to initiate an investigation through the conduct process or law enforcement. We have a few different types of reporting at Central Washington University.

    The Campus Connection page includes several more resources. If you are not sure which department can best assist you, meeting with a Case Manager. This is a great method to discuss potential resources.

Ellensburg Resources

The Ellensburg community offers additional resources to students and community members in need. See below for resources available.
  • Food Assistance

    There are two food pantries in Ellensburg that are open to students to access. Services look different at each, but both welcome the CWU community to visit their pantries or sign-up for their services.

    FISH Food Bank

    Students are welcome to utilize services offered by FISH. FISH can also help sign you up for SNAP benefits. FISH Food Bank.


    Offers groceries, internship opportunities, referrals, and more. No paperwork is required to receive food. APOYO

    Meals on Wheels

    Nationwide program that provides older Americans nutritious meals and safety checks at little to no cost. Meals on Wheels.

  • Clothing and Shelter

    Ellensburg Community Clothing Center

    Provides free and gently used clothing to those in Kittitas County. Weekly hours are Tuesday and Saturday from 9am-12pm. Ellensburg Community Clothing Center.

    Ellensburg Cold Weather Shelter

    Partners with seven other churches around Kittitas County to house the homeless community during the winter months. Ellensburg Cold Weather Shelter.

  • Additional Resources

    The Department of Social and Health Services

    Registration for Basic Food benefits and other state assisted programs. The Department of Social and Health Services


    Resources to help with housing assistance and paying bills. HopeSource.

    Affordable Connectivity Program

    Reduce your internet bill. Affordable Connectivity Program

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