OpeN Shelf is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln initiative administered by the Lutheran Center to help Husker students in need. We recognize that college is expensive and that often students have limited resources. These limited resources may deny students the ability to consistently purchase their own personal care and food items.  OpeN Shelf focuses on providing students with hygiene products, in addition we do have offer food products and other food bank sources.

OpeN Shelf is a free service. We require no paperwork and the process is easy. Simply come into the Lutheran Center when we are open and pick which products you need off our shelves.

Volunteers at OpeN Shelf are not permitted to record or share any personal information about students, and will strive to ensure that every person visiting or utilizing our services will retain a high level of anonymity.

While OpeN Shelf is located in the Lutheran Center the pantry is available for all persons in the UNL community regardless of age, race, gender identity or religious affiliation.


OpeN Shelf is primarily stocked through donations. Donations can be dropped off at the Lutheran Center during OpeN Shelf’s hours of operation. We primarily provide hygiene products, but also stock a limited number of food supplies. Only unused items will be accepted for donation. Monetary donations are also appropriate. Checks should be made out to OpeN Shelf.

To set appointments outside of regular hours, or to see a complete list of the items we regularly stock contact us at openshelfpantry@gmail.com.

Locations and Hours of Operation

UNL Lutheran Center, City Campus

  • Mondays: 8:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Fridays: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ConnectioN Point, East Campus

  • Tuesdays: 2:00 pm – 5:oo pm
  • Thursdays: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Or by appointment

Most Needed Items

  • Women’s hygiene supplies
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Prepackaged rice or pasta products
  • Ramen noodles
  • Canned pasta and protein meals

Contact Us

UNL Lutheran Center
535 N 16th Street
Lincoln, NE 68505

ConnectioN  Point
1333 N 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE 68503