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
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 Nicole Reilly, MS, RD, UVM Dining at Nicole.Reilly@uvm.edu
Rally Cat’s Cupboard
UVM’s central on-campus food pantry is now open! Located in Hills 15, a three minute walk from the Davis Center, and open to all students. Follow @rallycatscupboard on Facebook and Instagram for current hours.
TRIO, Mosaic Center for Students of Color, and Prism Center also house food pantries for students with those identities.
Want to help?
Donations to Rally Cat’s Cupboard are always welcome.
- To make a financial donation to Rally Cat’s Cupboard visit the secure donation page.
- Drop off non-perishable items at the SGA office on the third floor of the Davis Center.
Off-Campus Food and Social Services Resources
- 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
- 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.