Food insecurity is when you don’t have consistent access to enough food.
Recent surveys at UVM show that one in five students have been food insecure within the past year. If you need help getting food or want to learn more about food insecurity the following resources can help.
Swipe Out Hunger
This program is intended to help connect students facing food insecurity with food on campus. If you are experiencing financial difficulties and can’t afford meals Swipe Out Hunger offers short-term help until you are connected with sustainable funding or other resources. Students may qualify for up to 14 meal swipes per academic year to purchase food from any dining location at UVM.
Meal swipes can be redeemed in the following ways:
- Entry to Central Campus Dining, Redstone Dining, or Harris Millis Dining: all-you-can-eat locations
- Entry to Northside Dining: 1 meal swipe = up to five items (limited to one entrée)
- Davis Center Marketplace: meal exchange where 1 meal swipe = an entrée, side, and beverage. Available at breakfast and lunch, Monday-Thursday.
- University Marche: meal exchange where 1 meal swipe = an entrée, side, and beverage. Available at lunch and dinner, Monday-Thursday.
Note: exclusions apply at Davis Center Marketplace and University Marche. Please refer to signage in these locations for item eligibility as part of the meal exchange.
Enrollment each semester is limited and based on the honor system.If you submit a request it will be fulfilled if you do not have an active meal plan with adequate resources, defined as fewer than $50 value on your CatCard. This program serves students living off-campus without meal plans, including graduate and medical students, as well as students on the Retail/Flex plan who have run out of points and swipes.
Facing financial difficulties and need meal swipes?
- Step 1: Fill out this short request form, which will get submitted to the UVM Meal Plan Office.
- Step 2: If approved, within 24 business hours 14 meal swipes will get added to your CatCard. You will receive an email once this happens.
- Step 3: Redeem your meals at select UVM Dining location
Want to help?
Meal donation drives take place in the dining halls at the end of each semester. Students can donate one guest meal swipe each semester,, which will go to students in need.
Contact Contact Nicole Reilly, UVM Dining Sustainability & Campus Partnership Manager, Nicole.Reilly@uvm.edu.
Rally Cat’s Cupboard
We've moved! Come visit us at our new home in Living and Learning C 102 or at pop-ups in the Davis Center.
Summer hours and locations:
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, Rally Cat's Cupboard, 1-3 pm
Want to help?
Donations to Rally Cat’s Cupboard are always welcome. Contact email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering or making a food donation.
You can also donate non-perishable food items at Patrick Gymnasium and Gutterson Fieldhouse. Donation boxes are located in the Patrick Gym lobby, the Group Fitness Hub, and the Gucciardi Fitness Center lobby.
Off-Campus Food and Social Services Resources
Office of Student and Community Relations
- Feeding Chittenden: hosts food shelves and provides other programs and resources to fight hunger.
- South Burlington Food Shelf: a food shelf on Dorset Street in South Burlington.
Get Help Affording Food
- 3SquaresVT food benefits: check your eligibility for 3SquaresVT
Farmers Markets and Farm Shares
- NOFA-VT Farm Share Program: Offers subsidized farm shares
- Intervale Center Fair Share Program: Offers no-cost, gleaned CSA shares and discounted, delivered CSA shares for students enrolled in EBT. 802-660-0440
If You Are Pregnant or Have Dependents
- Vermont WIC: Provides nutritional education, breastfeeding support, and access to benefits for healthy foods to people who are pregnant or have children under 5.
Housing, Heating, and Weatherization
- CVOEO, the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity: Offers help with housing/rent, utility costs, and food. CVOEO's safety net programs can help lower other costs of living so you have more money for food.
Food Insecurity Working Group and Research
UVM’s Food Insecurity Working Group explores experiences of food insecurity among the campus community.
Its goals and accomplishments are outlined in this document.