Some of our students have to choose between food and textbooks

Welcome and Updates

The Office of Student & Family Support Services is pleased to announce the launch of UMass Lowell (UML) Strive as well as the renaming of the UML Strive Pantry. The pantry will continue to serve those who are experiencing food insecurity but also provide additional resources (i.e. personal care products, school supplies, etc.).  

The hours of the pantry are listed below. We will post our 2022 Fall hours within the next few weeks.  

UMass Lowell (UML) Strive Pantry Hours and Location

Location: University Crossing 104 (first floor near the Solution Center)

Fall 2022 Pantry Hours

Monday10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Strive Pantry will be closed on the following dates:

  • November 11, 2022: Veteran's Day
  • November 23-27, 2022: Thanksgiving Recess
  • December 21- Jan. 3, 2023: Winter Break 

See our Donating and Planning a Drive page for more information about giving.

History of the UML Food Pantry

The current location of the food pantry at University Crossing would not have been possible without the work of the Navigators, a student organization at UMass Lowell. The Navigator organization, based on a limited budget and resources started the food pantry, but as food insecurity amongst students grew, there was a greater need of a larger space.

In 2016, through a partnership with Student Affairs the pantry was relocated to its current location. The food pantry provides access to ensure that those who are experiencing hunger can have that need met. This could not have been possible without support of the Navigator organization.

In 2022, through the launch of UML Strive, we also renamed the pantry to the UML Strive Pantry. As challenges increase of our students unable to maintain their basic life needs, came the need for additional resources. The pantry will continue to serve those in need of food but also personal care products, infant care needs, and clothing.

Additional Support Resources

Information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Many students are eligible for SNAP benefits but don’t know about it. SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods. To get SNAP, you must be low-income and be a U.S. citizen or legal noncitizen (restrictions apply). Eligibility for SNAP benefits depends on financial and non financial criteria.

To contact the Department of Transitional Assistance about SNAP, call the DTA Assistance Line at 877-382-2363 or visit the SNAP website to see if you are eligible.