It has become increasingly difficult for students to reconcile the rising costs of tuition, and living expenses while earning a degree, and thus many students find themselves having to choose between affording the cost of college and purchasing daily essentials, such as food. The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to providing students at the University of Virginia with all of the necessary resources to successfully complete their degree, including basic needs like food.
Beginning in the fall of 2018, The Office of the Dean of Students gathered a collaborative group of students and professional staff to address food insecurity at the University of Virginia. The Food Insecurity Resource Group (FIRG) is comprised of individuals from The Office of Health Promotion and Wellbeing, Counseling and Psychological Services, Dining Services, The Office of the Dean of Students, The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, Student Council, The UVA Community Food Pantry, On Reserve at UVA, The School of Nursing, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, and Challah for Hunger.
FIRG is dedicated to creating sustainable support for student facing food insecurity by meeting students in the communities that serve them and providing them with the resources and support they need to be successful in a highly demanding environment like The University of Virginia.
On Grounds Resources
UVA Community Food Pantry
Food in the CFP is provided on a first come, first serve basis – the pantry food is provided through generous donations from individuals and departments across Grounds.
Location: Newcomb Hall, Student Activities Center (Floor 1, Room 142)
Items Available: Hygiene products (shampoo, soap, sanitary pads and tampons), single-serving soups and pastas, canned vegetables, shelf stable items (rice, pasta, etc.), snacks. Items in the pantry constantly rotating.
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9AM-11PM, Friday: 9AM-6PM, Saturday: Closed, Sunday: 12PM-9PM.
Satellite Food Pantry Network
The Satellite Food Pantry Network is an effort of the Food Insecurity Resource Group to meet students where they are on Grounds and provide basic nutrition and hygiene products at no cost. The network currently includes four locations on Grounds with more locations being added as the program expands. See below for list of satellite locations.
Location: School of Engineering (Thornton A121)
Items available: Single-serving soups and pasta, canned meats and vegetables, fresh fruit, frozen single-serving meals, snacks and cereals, sanitary pads, and more.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM
Location: Higher Education Program within the Curry School of Education (Ruffner 285)
Items available: Snack items, single serve pasta meals, canned fruit, cheese sticks, single-serve oatmeal, peanut butter. (Meant for short-term support)
Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM
Location: Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center (located on the main floor, look for food pantry signs pointing out the second door on the right in the central hallway.)
Items available: Tuna, noodle bowls, rice, nuts, peanut butter, oatmeal, beans, soups, applesauce, packaged dairy products, and basic hygiene products.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5PM (open year-round with the exception of holidays where the University is closed.)
Location: School of Nursing (McLeod Hall, 225 Jeanette Way)
Items available: Grab and go meal options, snacks, some fresh items depending on donations and seasonal availability
Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM
*Not fully stocked in the summer
Provides assistance with food needs for individuals and families. Students working at least 20 hours a week in a federally funded or state work study program are automatically eligible. Apply online using the above link and an individual from Social Services will follow up with information on next steps.
2050 Lambs Road, Charlottesville
*Bus Information: Located closest to Georgetown Road at Hydraulic Road (northbound) stop, CAT Route 5
Hours: Tuesdays 6:30 PM – 8:30PM; Wednesdays 2:00 PM – 4:00PM;
Thursdays 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; Saturdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Closed on Mondays, Fridays, Sundays, holidays, and in the event of severe weather
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is a “client choice” store for people who struggle to provide enough nutritious, healthy food for themselves and their household. Client choice allows anyone who comes to L&F to select from government provided and donated food and choose the best food for their individual needs. L&F provides fresh and frozen foods including fruits, vegetables, breads, frozen meat, fish, and eggs. L&F is able to provide roughly 30 pounds – or 8 days – of nutritious food per person, per visit. L&F can provide individuals with “pantry” (donated, non-USDA) food no more than twice per month.
On your first visit to Loaves & Fishes, please bring the names and birthdates of everyone in your household and total monthly household income. Visit the Loaves & Fishes website for more information.
*Contact the Office of The Dean of Students for more information about transportation to Loaves & Fishes