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Help Spread the Word about Food Assistance for Students

The semester is winding down, but there’s no need to run on empty. There are several campus resources to help students stay fueled, from surplus dining hall meals and pantries to food assistance programs. Spread the word on these affordable food programs. Learn more online https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/food/foodassist/!


The Campus Kitchens Project

  • A meal prepared by volunteers using surplus food from University Dining halls
  • Occurs most Tuesdays from 6-7PM in B141, Babcock Hall
  • Enter and grab a plate! Food is served buffet style with no sign-in required
  • To-go-boxes for extras

FH King-Harvest Handouts

  • Fresh produce free to students
  • Fridays from May to October at 1PM on East Campus Mall.
  • Just show up!
  • A line forms based on a first come, first serve basis and produce is offered until it runs out

UW Campus Food Shed

  • Refrigerators with produce for anyone to take…for free!
  • During the growing season, refrigerators are housed in the Horticulture Building and Student Activity Center
  • Take what you want

Lutheran Campus Center Lunch

  • A free, nondenominational lunch
  • Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:45AM to noon during the semester at the Lutheran Campus Center, 325 N. Mills Street (next to the Chemistry Building)
  • Walk into the Lutheran Campus Center and follow the line into the kitchen area
  • Recommended 11:45am arrival time. The food is served buffet style so grab a plate and help yourself!

Slow Food UW Community Mean

  • Discounted three-course, delicious, locally-sourced meal. Student pays $3 instead of $5. The menu and the link to purchase a meal is available on the Slow Food UW Facebook page. Click the Family Dinner Night event and select the “Community Meal” option
  • A sit-down style dinner featuring a community or local chef. Check in at the desk and find a seat!
  • Every Monday from 6:30-7:30PM in the basement of The Crossing (1127 University Avenue)

Slow Food UW Pay It Forward

  • Sometimes people donate money when they buy their meal so that others are able to enjoy the food regardless of ability to pay
  • Drop in Wednesdays anytime 11:30am- 1:30pm in the basement of the Crossing
  • Check in at the desk and tell the cashiers you would like to use a Pay it Forward meal. Give your name and order, and find a seat. Your name will be called when your order is ready.

The Open Seat

  • Food pantry run by the Associated Students of Madison
  • Located on the 4th floor of the Student Activity Center, Room 4209
  • Posted hours or by appointment
  • On the first visit, students will be asked to provide their Wiscard, complete two forms, and sign-in
  • Once a week, select items that add up to allotted points
  • Variety of non-perishable food items including canned vegetables and fruit, beans, pasta, cereal, oats, snacks, and more along with personal care and hygiene products, menstrual products, bread, and select fresh produce

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  – S.N.A.P.

  • Nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with state agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits.
  • Select markets and dining halls on campus.
  • Your QUEST card with funds allocated by the Electronic Benefits Transfer system will be accepted at the register.
  • Purchasable items will be easy to locate in each facility.

Dial 2-1-1

  • A local, emergency food program administered by the United Way and connects people to resources

Badger Food Assistance Resource for Emergencies (Badger FARE)

  • Connects students who are dealing with temporary and/or ongoing food insecurity with campus and community resources for long-term support, while providing them with funds that they can immediately use to purchase food on campus.
  • Provides students with a $25 meal card for the Unions and information on long-term resources
  • No application and the gift card amount does not need to be repaid

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