SFS is committed to helping students seek available resources for assistance at UVM or in the surrounding community.
Below are links to available resources and their descriptions.
- Food Insecurity at UVM: Learn more about programs established by a working group to provide solutions to help increase access to food for the UVM Community.
- Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf has several programs offered to help alleviate hunger. Feeding Chittenden is the largest direct service food provider in our state and serves over 12,000 people each year.
- Winooski Emergency Food Shelf: Food pantry every second and fourth Wednesday and Saturday of a month at 24 West Allen Street Winooski, VT.
- Salvation Army: Free meals offered Monday - Saturday from 5 PM - 6 PM. Food pantry open Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 2 PM. They are located at 64 Main Street, Burlington, VT.
- City Market Membership: Membership at City Market is $15. Members can earn money back on store purchases, as well as discounts at other locally owned businesses, and be able to volunteer in the community through City Market's Member Work program to receive store discounts.
- 3SquaresVT provides excess money to use to buy certain qualified items at grocery stores. You would need to apply for a card which will provide you with funds each month. If you would like assistance applying to 3SVT, contact the Vermont Foodbank. Learn more about the Vermont Food Stamp Program.
- For more information on food resources, the Food Scarcity Committee created a Hunger Resource Guide (PDF).
- Office of Student and Community Relations (OSCR): For questions about living in the community, feel free to contact OSCR or consult their Off-Campus Living Guide (PDF).
- Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition Resources: An organization which is committed to ensuring all Vermonters have safe, adequate, and affordable housing.
Affordable Housing Options:
- Low Income Housing: A site listing affordable housing options available in the area. You may also provide your email for more help regarding a specific housing requirement.
- HomeShare Vermont: You can apply through HomeShare to live with a person who has registered their home for this program. There are no restrictions on who can apply.
- Dismas House helps former prisoners transition back to living in the community. Dismas of Vermont recruits college students or other volunteers to live in the house in a "family-like community." The cost of living is $85 per week, which includes room, meals, laundry, and phone.
Affordable Clothing Options
- Goodwill sells cheap clothes, furniture, and other household items that have been donated to the shop. There are two stores/donation centers in Northern Vermont, one on Shelburne Road in Shelburne, and one in Williston.
- Plato's Closet is a consignment store located in Taft Corners in Williston. They will also buy used clean clothes.
- The Center for Health & Wellbeing at UVM offers high-quality, comprehensive medical and mental health care for students while enrolled at UVM. Office visits for illness or injury, health exams, and counseling are all covered by the UVM Health Fee, so they are provided at no additional cost to you. The health fee does not cover certain costs, like lab tests or orthopedic supplies.
- Clear Choice MD (Urgent Care) is a walk-in clinic for many medical needs, which is usually cheaper than going to another medical center. Insurance coverage is also not required. There are various locations in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire.
- VT Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured: This coalition is a group of nine free clinic programs throughout the state, which includes healthcare, referral programs, and dental clinics. Learn more about where to find a clinic program.
Child Care Options
- Bright Futures is a child care information system seeking to help with child care questions. This site highlights the services available in Vermont to "help ensure that high quality child care is available to every child in Vermont."
- Babysitter Mingler: Each semester the Office of Student and Community Relations at UVM hosts a Babysitter Mingler on campus for students who are looking to babysit to meet with families who are looking for babysitters.
- Let's Grow Kids is a campaign for greater quality and affordable child care in Vermont. Use the resources tab at the top of the page for more research, information, and stories about the purpose of the campaign.
- Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program: EBB is a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) program designed to improve internet connectivity during COVID-19 by providing a $50 monthly discount on broadband services and a one-time $100 discount for a device to eligible households. Eligible households include those with any household member who has received a federal PELL grant in the current award year. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply (PDF).
- Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) assists in meeting immediate needs by providing vouchers for food, clothing, personal care and cleaning items and essential household goods. Assistance with utility bills is also available.
- ReSOURCE: located at 339 Pine Street in Burlington, ReSOURCE will sell recycled furniture, other household items and building materials. ReSOURCE also offers programs for poverty relief, trainings for job skills, and electronics repair and upgrades. You may also donate your items to this location.
UVM Emergency Grant Program
The UVM Emergency Grant Program was created to support UVM undergraduate, graduate and medical students who need one-time financial assistance due to a temporary hardship or emergency.