Student Affairs and Campus Life manages the Student Care Supply Closets which provide free toiletries and household items to students who are facing economic insecurity and/or an unexpected financial emergency.
How it Works
Current students can stop by any of our Student Care Supply Closets locations, complete a shopping sheet, and take home the items they need. For tips and more support resources, check out Single Stop.
Supply Closets Locations
The Student Care Supply Closets inventory is sustained through donations from the campus and local community, as well as the Student Care Emergency Response Fund.
Contribute by donating new, full-size items to the Student Care Supply Closets. Check out our online shopping list here for suggested products. Donations can be delivered to the Dean of Students Office (227 Whitmore Administration Building) Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Contact us if your group would like to host a donation drive, or to learn more about our current needs.
Give a gift directly to the Student Care Emergency Response Fund. SCERF also funds the Microgrant Program which provides emergency grants to students experiencing an unexpected hardship.
Supply Closet Items
- Baby Wipes
- Bar Soap*
- Body Lotion*
- Body Wash*
- Dental Floss
- Diaper Rash Cream
- Dish Soap and Sponges
- Disinfecting Wipes
- Facial Tissue
- Hand Sanitizer
- Hand Soap*
- Lip Balm
- Pads & Tampons
- Paper Towels (Single Roll)
- Shampoo & Conditioner*
- Shaving Cream/Gel
- Toilet Paper
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
*Unscented, sensitive skin, and products with Shea butter are needed.
Suggested Brands: Jergens, Pantene, Dove, Suave, Shea Moisture, Carol’s Daughter
**Please note, razors or mouthwash will not be accepted.
About the Program
Food insecurity—the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods—is a growing issue impacting college students across the country. Between 20-30% of UMass Amherst students reported struggling with food insecurity (Clark & Harris, 2015). Access to toiletries and household items encourages students to reallocate limited resources toward groceries and other basic needs.
Since 2017, the Dean of Students Office has partnered with Campus Compact for Southern New England and hosts a national service volunteer to support the coordination of campus-wide efforts to promote basic needs security. Contact Tassandra Rios-Scelso, the Food Insecurity Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
- Connect with other promoting food security at UMass Amherst.
- Visit the CCSNE Campus Food Security resource page to check out what other campuses are doing.