UVA students (graduate and undergraduate) and UVA employees are welcome to use our food pantry. There are no eligibility requirements to use the pantry. Any demographic or utilization survey information that pantry users provide is optional and anonymous.
- Our food pantry is stocked with a range of non-perishable food and snacks.
- The refrigerator in our pantry also has items available for pantry visitors.
- Basic hygiene products (tampons, pads, deodorant) are available in the drawer in our pantry.
Our pantry is open during the center's regular hours. (We are open year-round with the exception of holidays on which offices across the University are closed.)
The pantry is located on the main floor of the Women’s Center. Look for food pantry signs pointing out the second door on the right in the central hallway.
Nutrition is essential to learning, working, and engaging as an active member of the University community.
ODOS has estimated that 1,200 UVA undergraduate students are at risk of food insecurity. (This number does not include graduate students and faculty/staff members.) As a member of UVA’s Food Insecurity Workgroup, we are committed to ending food insecurity and hunger across Grounds. Our food pantry at the Women's Center is a satellite pantry location offered on Grounds in addition to the UVA Community Food Pantry. Information about other satellite pantry locations on Grounds is available on the Food Insecurity page of the Office of the Dean of Students website.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. It is important to know that hunger and food insecurity are closely related, but distinct, concepts. Hunger refers to a personal, physical sensation of discomfort, while food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the level of the household (Feeding America, 2019.)
Many thanks to the UVA Parents Fund for their support of Grounds-wide efforts to address food insecurity!
Women's Center staff and students who are involved in addressing food insecurity at UVA maintain connections with colleagues in relevant organizations across Grounds and those working on this issue throughout the Charlottesville area as well. A January 2021 collaboration produced this primer on the impact of food insecurity locally and related resources available in our area. Open it to learn more.