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 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.

On-Campus Resources

Swipe Out Hunger

This program connects off-campus 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 more 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. Meals are also available during Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks, but not during the summer.

Meal swipes can be redeemed in the following ways:

  1. Entry to Central Campus Dining, Redstone Dining, or Harris Millis Dining: all-you-can-eat locations
  2. Davis Center Marketplace: meal exchange where 1 meal swipe = an entrée, side, and beverage. Available at breakfast and lunch, Monday-Thursday.
  3. 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 to students who live off campus and is 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.

If you are an on-campus student that has run out of points/swipes, please connect with the UVM Dining Dietitian, Ania.Egan@uvm.edu.

Facing financial difficulties and need meal swipes?

Click here to apply for Swipe Out Hunger

  • 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

Questions?

Contact Contact Nicole Reilly, UVM Dining Sustainability & Campus Partnership Manager,  Nicole.Reilly@uvm.edu.

Rally Cat’s Cupboard

We've moved (again)! Come visit us at our new home in on the first floor of the Davis Center across from Feel Good (where the testing center was last year). 

Fall hours

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-4

Follow @rallycatscupboard on Facebook and Instagram for updates or more information. Direct message on social media or email cupboard@uvm.edu to set up another time to get items. 

The Interfaith Center, Mosaic Center for Students of Color, Prism Center, and Women and Gender Equity Center also house smaller food pantries for the students they serve.

Want to help?

Donations to Rally Cat’s Cupboard are always welcome. Contact cupboard@uvm.edu 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.

Donate financially to Rally Cat's Cupboard

 

Off-Campus Food and Social Services Resources

Food Pantries

Get Help Affording Food

Farmers Markets and Farm Shares

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.

Our partners in the Office of Student and Community Resources offer additional information about support services in the community. 

Food Insecurity Working Group and Research

Contact

Nicole Reilly, MS RD
UVM Dining Sustainability & Campus Partnership Manager
Nicole.Reilly@uvm.edu
802-656-3566