Spring cleaning: Declutter and donate

Photo of a woman sorting food at a food pantry

Spring is a time of renewal, and there’s no better way to rejuvenate and energize yourself than decluttering your surroundings. While the binders full of old papers and assignments can probably be recycled, old clothing and certain unused food and personal care goods can be donated. Help your fellow Badgers out by donating what you don’t need to those who do. Check out the donations resources below:


Quote from Jane, a UW-Madison sophomore: Simply put, without the help of the food pantry, I wouldn’t have enough to eat. I don’t know that I’d even be able to stay enrolled without The Open Seat. It’s vital resources like this that ensure that all students on campus are able to succeed.

The Open Seat Food Pantry is a student-run food pantry on campus Any student with a valid Wiscard is welcome to utilize the pantry. Non-perishable, non-expired canned goods and other unopened packages can be donated. Donations can be placed in the bins around campus labeled “The Open Seat” or brought to the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) Office.

Click here to learn more about where and how to donate.


There are many resources around Madison for donating clothing, shoes, jewelry, and other items in usable condition. Check out the list below provided by the Office of Sustainability:

Locations closest to campus:

Other nearby locations:

Spring (and any time of year), it’s good to give back to the community. Badgers take care of one another. It’s what we do best.