The Keep

Meeting basic needs.
Raising up student leaders.

What is it? 

The Keep is a student resource space, located in the basement of Luther Memorial Church.  The Keep hosts a food pantry that serves UW-Madison, Edgewood, and Madison College students, faculty and staff.  The Keep also hosts up to four student organizations that care for the campus and community by meeting basic needs.

The mission of The Keep is to

  • Support the efforts of students at the UW-Madison, Edgewood College, and Madison College, to respond to critical needs in the campus and Madison communities.
  • Empower students to care for others and raise up conscientious and engaged community members.
  • Alleviate needs in the Madison area as well as the UW-Madison community through food, shelter, clothing and other basic needs.

Who can use it? 

  • Registered Student Organizations of UW Madison, Madison College, and Edgewood College (consideration may be made for non-RSOs) There are a maximum of four spaces available.
  • Organizations working on projects related to the basic needs of the community – food, clothing, & shelter.

The Keep is a joint ministry of Luther Memorial Church and Lutheran Campus Ministry in Madison.

Where is it?

The Keep is located in the basement of Luther Memorial (1021 University Ave, Madison). Enter through the courtyard doors on University Avenue. Take the east (maroon) elevator or the stairs to the lowest level. 

The Keep @ Luther Memorial
1021 University Ave, Madison, WI 53715.

Scroll through the tabs to find more information on our current and future tenants!

Students – If you have an idea or see a basic need that is unmet in your community, contact Pastor Emily at Lutheran Campus Ministry in Madison

Providing nutritious choices to eliminate food insecurity in our campus communities.

By providing nutritious food choices we minimize the challenges our guests may experience and allow them to focus their energies on their academic and career pursuits. The Keep Food Pantry is a ministry of Luther Memorial Church.

The Keep Food Pantry serves students, staff, and faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison, Edgewood College, and Madison College.

For more information please visit The Keep Food Pantry.

The Artisan Collective is a University of Wisconsin-Madison student organization that collaborates with women global artisans, shares their stories, sells their products, and reinvests profits into their communities in order to make a positive economic, social and environmental impact.

The Artisan Collective works with groups of women artisans in three developing countries: Nepal, Mexico, and Ecuador through a Fair Trade model. By buying handcrafted goods at fair prices, The Artisan Collective supports women worker cooperatives that reinvest their profits into their local communities. 

You can see the handcrafts and support The Artisan Collective with an online purchase at:


The Badger Caring Closet promotes student well-being by serving all UW students with no cost, non-food essentials, and clothing.
The Badger Caring Closet is open each Thursday when UW is in session from 3:30 to 5:30pm.

More information:
Badger Caring Closet

BundleUp is a student organization at UW-Madison that provides support for for those in need by gathering warm winter clothes and hygiene products.

BundleUp provides homeless individuals in the Madison community with cold-weather items and personal hygiene products. We aim accomplish this goal via a 3 step process:

  1. Collection: Gently used clothing items and new, sealed hygiene products are collected in bins located throughout the Madison area
  2. Distribution: Items are washed and distributed either directly to individuals in need or given to community partners to share as they see fit
  3. Reinvestment: Funds raised are utilized to purchase additional items based on need and community demand

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F.H. King is a student-run agricultural collective connected to the University of Wisconsin, Madison. We strive to connect land, food, and the Madison community, demonstrate alternative agricultural techniques, and advocate for sustainability in our community. F.H. King is run by a nonheirarchical board of student directors, and is supported by a robust community of students and interns. We endeavor to promote equity and justice in our actions and to be inclusive to folks of all identities.

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Knit for a Cause members gather weekly to knit and crochet items for people in need. Making everything from hats and blankets to sleeping mats and reusable bags, the group uses The Keep to store their supplies and finished items before donation and also meets to knit together each Thursday at Lutheran Campus Ministry.

Student Organization Application Information

The Keep is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Contact Pastor Emily Tveite or 608-257-7178 with any questions about the process, application, or eligibility.

Please read the following information thoroughly before applying.

How can I help?

We need volunteers to serve as mentors for the student groups. Mentors meet with their groups 4-6 times per year and also help connect groups to other resources within the congregation and community.

Interested? Contact Pastor John Worzala Dumke at or (608) 258-3160 ext 13.


Lutheran Campus Ministry wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations of individuals and congregations who support this ministry. Lutheran Campus Ministry of Madison is a qualified 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax deductible. You will receive a letter confirming your donation. Please show your support by making your tax-deductible donation today.
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