I Need Food

Amherst Survival Center has a food pantry, free community meals, drop-In health and dental clinic, and free community store. The Mobile Food Bank has weekly food distributions in Holyoke and Springfield.

The Food Bank of Western MA can help you enroll in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. Call the SNAP Benefits Hotline, 1-866-950-FOOD (3663) or visit Getting Food Stamps for information and an application.

The UMass Dining Meal Plan Office can review your meal plan options with you and make recommendations.

UMass employees and graduate students are eligible for YCMP2 campus meal plan. Meal swipes can be used in all campus dining halls and retail establishments. The plan costs about 20% less than paying cash and never expires. 

Monday – Friday after 9 p.m., campus community members can receive a 40% discount on select menu items at Harvest Market in the Campus Center.

For short-term emergency situations, please visit the Dean of Students Office. Several options are available, including short-term (interest free) loans and emergency meal swipes.

Download this cookbook and get recipes, tips, and strategies for preparing delicious meals on only $4 a day. Brandless, offers high quality, healthy food and household products with specialized selections of certified Kosher, gluten-free, and vegan foods for $3 or less.