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Navigators Food Pantry

Some of our students have to choose between food and textbooks

COVID-19 Update

Students who usually access the food pantry will still have access to food in the city. In addition, local partners have offered to provide assistance to students if needed.

Food pantry locations or food resources in the area (as well as housing, utility, health, mental health, and legal services) can be found by visiting Aunt Bertha or by calling the “Why Hunger hotline” at 1(800) 5-HUNGRY (1-800-548-6479). 

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.

Want to help? You can buy from the food pantry's wish list. Read more about the Amazon list and shipping.

The Need for Navigators

Watch a short clip about the UMass Lowell Navigators Food Pantry

Did you know that 35 percent of college students report having been food insecure during their college experience? That there are over 58,000 self-identified homeless college students in the US? The numbers are staggering, and are growing.

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navigators food pantry spring 2018

The Navigators, a UMass Lowell student organization, created the food pantry and have operated it on a very restricted budget, with little space and resources. Student Affairs has partnered with them and have relocated the Food Pantry to Room 104 in University Crossing. This space is larger, open 20 hours per week and is staffed by students. The Navigators will also meet students by appointment if the open hours do not work. We are establishing the UMass Lowell Neighborhood Food Project to supply the food pantry with a constant flow of food, toiletries and other goods. Our goal is to help our food insecure students eat, thrive, learn and be successful students.

The purpose of the food pantry is to supply free food items for any member of the UMass Lowell community who may be experiencing hunger and struggling to buy food. The pantry is open to all UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff.

Location & Hours

Navigators Food Pantry
University Crossing 104
(first floor near the Solution Center)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Questions?

Find out if you are eligible for free meals at our UMass Lowell Dining Halls

Want to Join UMass Lowell Navigators? Please contact: Navigators@student.uml.edu.

If you still have questions or want to learn more you can also email: Student_Affairs@uml.edu.

Want to donate food items? Please bring any non-perishable items to University Crossing Suite #200. Thank you.

#UCAN also donate online:
Online Donation to UMass Lowell Food & Resource Pantry

All donations made will go directly to the Food Pantry.

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