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.
Rally Cat’s Cupboard
UVM’s central on-campus food pantry is located in Hills 15, a three minute walk from the Davis Center, and open to all students.
Hours: Mondays from 4-8 and Fridays from 10-2, or by appointment.
Want to help?
Donations to Rally Cat’s Cupboard are always welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering or making a food donation. To make a financial donation to Rally Cat’s Cupboard visit the secure donation page.
- For support navigating UVM Dining or budgeting your meal plan schedule an appointment with Nicole Riley, the UVM Dining Dietitian. Contact: email@example.com or 802-656-3566.
- For support with meal planning, budgeting for groceries, lower-cost grocery alternatives, and community resources to end hunger, schedule an appointment through MyWellbeing with Amy Sercel, the Student Health Services anti-diet dietitian.
Swipe Out Hunger: not available spring 2021
Due to physical distancing and limited occupancy in the dining halls, we are suspending the Swipe Out Hunger program for the 2020-2021 academic year. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. We look forward to bringing this program back to campus as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties and can’t afford meals Swipe Out Hunger offers short-term help until more sustainable funding or other resources get implemented. Swipe Out Hunger can provide you with up to 14 meals per academic year into the unlimited dining halls.
Need meal swipes?
Talk to any staff or faculty member, or stop by the following offices to apply and learn more about community resources:
- Center for Health and Wellbeing (Living Well at the Davis Center, Student Health Services, and Counseling and Psychiatry Services)
- Mosaic Center for Students of Color
- Academic Coordinators (Student Services)
- Office of Student and Community Relations
- Student Financial Services
- Advising Center
- Dean's Office Support Services
- UVM Dining Dietitian
Want to help?
Meal donation drives take place the week before finals at dining locations across campus. You can donate one guest meal swipe each semester, which will go to a student in need.
Contact Melissa Zelazny, Director of UVM Dining, Melissa.Zelazny@uvm.edu.
Off-Campus Food and Social Services Resources
Office of Student and Community Relations
- Vermont Foodbank: umbrella organization for food banks and food shelves around the state. Use this site to find resources near you.
- 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
- Understanding 3SquaresVT for College Students
- 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
- Hunger-Free Vermont: Offers a variety of food access and nutrition resources, including meals during the school year and summer for children under 18.
- Vermont WIC: Provides nutritional education, breastfeeding support, and access to benefits for healthy foods to people who are pregnant or have children under 5.
- Understanding 3SquaresVT if you have dependents
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.