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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

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. 

Follow @rallycatscupboard on Facebook and Instagram for 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. To make a financial donation to Rally Cat’s Cupboard visit the secure donation page.

Campus Dietitians

  • For support navigating UVM Dining or budgeting your meal plan schedule an appointment with Nicole Riley, the UVM Dining Dietitian. Contact: nicole.riley@uvm.edu 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

Food Pantries

  • 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

Farmers Markets and Farm Shares

If You Are Pregnant or 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