Resources for Food Access

Food For All Zine

The information on this website was originally compiled by Jordan Lake with the help of Food For All and the UMass Student Farm as a Zine to be freely distributed around campus. Download the Food For All Zine to distribute this information about local food resources:
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On Campus Resources:

Student Food Pantry
Student-run on-campus food pantry that provides free, nonperishable items to anyone – no questions asked.
Located in Bartlett room 317b
Open to all Monday-Thursday: 4-7 PM, Fridays: 10-2 PM
Graduate Student Only Hours: Fridays 4-7 PM
Email foodpantryapoko@gmail.com with volunteer/donation inquiries & other questions.

Need a Swipe? Got a Swipe?
Facebook group connecting people with meal plans to people looking for meals on campus. Post if you have swipes to spare or are in search of a meal.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/375631145971957/

Student Care Supply Closets
Provides free personal care items from several different locations for current students. Items like toothbrushes, pads and tampons, soap, lotion, baby wipes, diaper rash cream, paper towels, shaving cream, etc. are available.
Locations include:
-Dean of Students Office (Whitmore 227)
-Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (101 Wilder Hall)
-Off Campus Student Center (314 Student Union Building)
-Office of Family Resources (428 Student Union Building)
-Student Veteran Resource Center (19 Dickinson Hall)
View more information on their website: https://www.umass.edu/dean_students/student-care-supply-closets

Dean of Students Microgrants and Short-Term Loans 
Funding available to undergraduate students in good standing that are in financial emergency. Application is required to receive grants or loans.
View more information on their website: https://www.umass.edu/dean_students/microgrant-short-term-loan

UMass Permaculture Community Gardens
Gardens located at all four dining commons on campus. Anyone is welcome to take what they need from the gardens at any time.
Email info@umasspermaculture.com for help finding the gardens and support harvesting from their spaces correctly.

UMass Student Farm
-25 free CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares were offered for Fall 2018 season for campus community members who cannot afford a share. Reach out for an updated status about if free shares will be offered in 2019 (offered on a first-come-first-serve basis).
-Extra produce is often available in the summer and fall that can be picked up at Amherst or South Deerfield locations upon request. Email student farmers at studentfarm.enterprise@gmail.com for information about excess produce.

 

Off Campus Resources:

Amherst Survival Center
Located at 138 Sunderland Road in Amherst. Provides free community meals and food items as well as assistance with SNAP (food stamps) applications. They also provide many other resources not related to food.
Community Meal Schedule:
-Breakfast Bar- Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 11-12 PM
-Lunch- Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 12-1 PM
-Dinner- Thursday 5-6 PM
Fresh Produce & Baked Goods Distribution: 
-Mon, Tues, Fri: 11-12 PM and 12:30-3:30 PM
-Thursday: 11-12 PM and 12:30-7:30 PM
Food Pantry for monthly groceries:
-Mon, Tues, Fri: 11-2:45 PM
-Thursday: 11-6:45
-3rd Saturday of the month: 9:30-11:30 AM
Community Partner Assisting with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps) – Ruth from the Western MA Food Bank
-Tuesday: 11:30-12:30

Not Bread Alone
Free homemade, hot community meals and donated grocery distribution. They also have counselors on site to help guests resolve issues such as housing, food stamp applications, health insurance, and employment.
Community Meal Schedule:
-Saturday and Sunday at 12 PM, Wednesday at 4 PM
Grocery distribution:
-Saturday at 12:45 PM

Craig’s Doors
Emergency shelter that provides community meals and resources with help filling out SNAP applications, acquiring housing etc.
-Shelter operates from November 1st-April 30th and is open from from 9:30-8 AM (Sunday they close at 7 AM). They provide dinner and breakfast. The shelter has a behavior based admission policy: all who show respect for the safety and well-being of our guests, volunteers, and staff are welcome.
-Free community breakfast served every Wednesday!

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