Food Vault Hawaii building
Food Vault Hawaiʻi is next to Ba-Le on campus.

Despite disruptions to on-campus student life due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Food Vault Hawaiʻi remains open and accessible to students in need of food.

A survey by Joannie Dobbs, assistant specialist in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and her students, first raised the issue about student food insecurity on the UH Mānoa campus with Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (ASUH). As a result, ASUH, Office of Student Life and Development, Campus Center Board and Student Activity and Program Fee Board collaborated to create the three-year pilot program in 2019 to address food insecurity at UH Mānoa.The Food Vault has offered monthly “food drops” that have given away more than 6,000 pounds of food in just one day.

To maintain social distancing, distribution is now by appointment only. Fill out this form to make an appointment for pick-up. Students should bring their UH Mānoa student ID and their own bag.

To inquire about donating food and toiletries directly, contact the Office of Student Life and Development at or call 808-956-8178, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., except holidays. The office is staffed and can arrange receipt of your donations at Campus Center 208 during regular business hours. To donate monetarily to Food Vault Hawaiʻi, visit the UH Foundation website.

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basket of groceries