Food Access Initiatives and Resources

UMB Student Pantry

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The UMB Student Pantry assists with facilitating students' access to nutritionally rich snacks and meals and is open to all UMB students. Each month, the Pantry distributes 1,000+ pounds of shelf-stable food and hygiene items. Students can place pantry orders via an online form and pick up their order from lockers located on the first floor of the SMC Campus Center.

We value and respect dietary restrictions and preferences related to choice, health and wellness, and/or religious and spiritual practices. We offer a selection of Halal, Kosher, vegan, and vegetarian shelf-stable options.

Monthly pop-up events are hosted at different locations on campus to meet students where they are and increase food access awareness.

Food Insecurity at UMB

Food insecurity is more than hunger. It is an individual's or group's inability to "provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life" (Feeding America, 2020). Many UMB students have indicated experiencing food insecurities since the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. 

According to the Food Security survey issued in fall 2020, UMB students indicated the following: 

I was worried whether my food would run out before I got money to buy more.

The food that I bought just didn't last, and I didn't have money to get more.

I couldn't afford to eat balanced meals.

How Can You Help?

Studies have indicated that there is a direct connection between not having enough nutritional food and student success. The UMB Student Food Insecurity and Emergency Fund was created to help support the success of those experiencing food insecurity in or around campus. You can contribute to stocking our shelves by setting up your one-time or reoccurring contribution.

Donate Today!

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