Financial Donations:

All of the funds for distribution expenses are raised through charitable donations from organizations and community members like you! Because our food is purchased entirely through the generosity of individuals and groups like yourself, your monetary support is essential to the success of our service. The MSU Student Food Bank has a unique relationship with the Greater Lansing Food Bank that allows us to purchase food for an average of $0.45 per pound, saving us 72% compared to the national wholesale cost of food. This means that financial donations have a greater impact than food donations because we can buy significantly more food than the average consumer with the same amount of money. Financial donations are also preferable and encouraged because we have limited storage, we maintain a very small staff, and we cannot sort large food donations. The MSU Student Food Bank is a 501c (3) organization. All monetary donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Checks can be made payable to the MSU Student Food Bank, and mailed to us at:

MSU Student Food Bank
463 East Circle Drive, Room 151
Olin Health Center
East Lansing, MI 48824


Donate online through MSU Advancement:

After clicking the link above simply type "Student Food Bank" into the search box at the top of the page and then select either the Student Food Bank account or the Bea and Roy Mott Endowment Fund. Then follow the site's instructions for completing your donation.

The Bea and Roy Mott Fund:

This endowment fund provides interest income from invested donations that help to fund our operations. To donate to this fund, please make checks payable to MSU and designate the MSU Student Food Bank, account AB1610, on the memo line. Donations can be sent to MSU Advancement @ 535 Chestnut Road, Room 300, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Fundraisers and Food Drives:

If you belong to an organization or other appropriate group of people, sponsoring a fundraiser or canned-food drive to benefit the Student Food Bank can assist us in achieving our mission. Food can be dropped off at Olin Health Center at any time during normal business hours and can be left with the staff at the Olin reception desk just inside the main building entrance (

Our Needs:

  • Personal care items
    • Toothbrushes
    • Toothpaste
    • Soap
    • Shampoo
    • Deodorant
  • Household items
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Detergent
    • Toilet paper
    • Paper towel
    • Tissue
  • Non-perishable Food and Drink