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Fall 2023

FVH Hours of Operations at Hemenway 111 :

Mondays 1-4pm

Tuesdays 1:30-4:30pm

Thursdays 8-11am

Fridays 11am-2pm

Please bring your Mānoa One Card and a reusable grocery bag with you!


Since opening in October 2018, SLD has experimented with other opportunities to address food insecurity such as Food Drop @ the Campus Center Courtyard in partnership with Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center and the Hawaii FoodBank (pre-Covid). This event went on hiatus during COVID. We hope to restart the Food Drop in Spring 2023.

FVH successfully established itself as a recipient agency with Aloha Harvest, a food recovery organization. Aloha Harvest has provided FVH with recovered produce and bread for the pantry. FVH is also the recipient of regular food and toiletries donations from members of the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Holy Nativity Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

We are very thankful for the generosity of these agencies and communities for supporting UHM students. There is an abundance of aloha in our community.

For More Information

For more information about FVH operations and its offerings, please visit the FVH Instagram and Facebook pages. All updates are located on the social media pages. You may also contact us at or

FVH Reports:

The following are links to our reports.


FVH accepts non-perishable, unopened, unexpired food and toiletries via the Office of Student Life and Development (SLD) in Campus Center 208, Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm, except on recognized state holidays. Suggested items are:

  • Canned Meats (spam, chicken, tuna, salmon, corned beef, vienna sausage)
  • Canned Beans (garbanzo, black, kidney, pork and beans, refried beans)
  • Canned Vegetables/fruits
  • Canned Meals (stew, spaghetti, chili, chowder)
  • Canned Soups (chicken noodle soup, vegetable broth, chicken broth, bone broth)
  • Packaged Pasta (spinach, wheat, etc.)
  • Tomato Sauce, Meat Sauces
  • 2-5 lbs Bags of Rice
  • Cup Noodles/Instant Noodles/Saimin/Ramen
  • Mac n Cheese (ready to make)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly, Jam, Honey
  • Dried Beans, Lentils
  • Mini Boxes of Cereal
  • Granola, Oatmeal
  • Nuts (almonds, peanuts, etc.)
  • Toiletries (individually wrapped toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, deodorant, razors, pads, tampons)

FVH does not accept cash donations. While we appreciate your generosity, please do not send cash. Please support FVH by donating food or toiletries. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please do so through the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation.


Food Vault Hawai‘i (FVH) was initiated by the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (ASUH) in Spring 2018 through ASUH Senate Resolution 06-18. FVH was thereafter established in Fall 2018 through the collaboration of the ASUH, the Campus Center Board (CCB), the Student Activity and Program Fee Board (SAPFB), and the Office of Student Life and Development (SLD). FVH is operated by SLD with the support of three student fellow positions funded by the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success. The purpose of FVH is to assist students facing food insecurity starting with non-perishable food and toiletries during the pilot.

ASUH leaders expressed a desire that the FVH pantry be open to any current UHM student who finds themselves in need of food.

At its inception, FVH was intended to run a three year pilot program from Fall 2018 through Spring 2021, then to review data to assess the continued need. The COVID-19 pandemic hit in the middle of the second year of the pilot impacting operations and the data. Post-pandemic, the pantry will complete two additional years of operations to have a full three years of “pilot” data for review. This will likely include the 22-23 and 23-24 academic years.

The initial start-up funds to establish FVH came from ASUH, SAPFB, and SLD. The initial $1,000 required to establish the FVH UH Foundation account came from the generosity of 88 Supermarket on Ke’eaumoku, Young Tae Kim (Korean Chamber of Commerce), and former ASUH senate member: Jessica Chen.