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
Supply Closets Locations
- Give a gift to the Student Care Emergency Response Fund.
- Donate new, full-size items to the Student Care Supply Closets. Bring donations to the Dean of Students Office (227 Whitmore Administration Building) Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
- Check out our Amazon online shopping list here for suggested products. (Note: Due to generous donor response, we have temporarily closed our Amazon list. Thank you! Please consider making a gift to the Student Care Emergency Response Fund or UMass Student Food Pantry instead.)
- Contact the office if your group would like to host a donation drive, or to learn more about our current needs.
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.
Starting in 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.
- 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.