UMB Hungry

What is UMB Hungry?

U Must Be Hungry (UMB Hungry) is a food rescue initiative aiming to minimize food waste and feed hungry students at UMB.


This initiative aims to address issues of food insecurity on UMB's campus. According to a 2020 UMB student survey

  • 29% of respondents worried about food running out before having money to buy more
  • 22% of respondents had food run out before having enough money to buy more
  • 33% of respondents couldn't afford to eat balanced meals

At the same time, 40% of food in the United States goes uneaten. 22 million pounds of food waste comes from U.S. colleges each year1, accounting for the largest proportion of landfill deposits and an average annual loss of $100 billion.2

UMB Hungry is working to bridge the gap between these two issues by connecting leftover food from events with hungry students.

What are the steps to participating as an event planner?

  1. Review the UMB Hungry Event Planner Training before your event
  2. Submit this form at your event with leftover food
  3. Have yourself or a designated person monitor food pick-up

What are the steps to participating as a hungry student?

  1. Sign up for the UMB Hungry alert listserv by filling out this form
  2. An event being hosted on campus has leftover food
  3. A form gets filled out notating:
    1. Location
    2. Type and amount of food leftover
    3. Pick-up time window
    4. Available dietary accommodations
  4. This form gets sent directly to you
  5. You go to the event location
  6. You get FREE FOOD! (first come, first serve)

Diagram showing how the UMB Hungry program works

Click here for a PDF overview of the program: UMB Hungry Program One-Pager