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GRAD Resources

Student Care Supply Closets

The Student Care Supply Closet provides free toiletries/personal care items and household items to students who are facing economic insecurity and/or an unexpected financial emergency to help offset the cost for other basic needs. Any student is eligible to use this resource, no questions asked. Simply fill out a request sheet here and wait for a staff member to reach out to you to schedule your pick-up. 

Amherst Survival Center Food Pantry
  • Every household is eligible!

  • No residency or income requirements

  • No requirements for visas, citizenship, ID, or other documentation needed.

  • No income cap to use the food pantry.

  • The Survival Center is not a governmental organization and does not share any information about community members with anyone. 

  • To access the Food Pantry, register online here (registration is also available in Spanish and Mandarin at the Survival Center Food Pantry Webpage) or in-person during open hours at the Survival Center Food Pantry. Same-day registration is available.

  • Groceries include a 14+ day supply for all household members including produce, frozen meat, milk, eggs, and shelf-stable goods

  • There are 4 primary ways to get groceries: In-Person Shopping, Express Pickup, Curbside Pickup, and Delivery. For details, visit the Survival Center Food Pantry Webpage.

  • There is also a Mobile Food Pantry on the first Wednesday of the month from 1-2pm at the Boulders Apartment Homes, 156 Brittany Drive in Amherst. The distribution includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, and meat (when available). Contact free pickup is available: volunteers will place box directly in trunk of vehicle.

  • If you have any questions, please contact pantry@amherstsurvival.org

Amherst Survival Center Fresh Food Distribution
  • This is a separate service from the Survival Center Food Pantry. 

  • Every household is eligible!

  • No residency or income requirements

  • No requirements for visas, citizenship, ID, or other documentation needed.

  • No income cap to use the food pantry.

  • The Survival Center is not a governmental organization and does not share any information about community members with anyone. 

  • No registration is necessary.

  • Fresh Food Distribution happens most week days. See Survival Center Fresh Food Distribution Webpage for updated hours.

  • Participants in fresh food distribution will receive a large bag full of fresh fruits and vegetables weighing between 5 and 10 pounds. They will also receive bread or bagels, as well as a choice of sweets and bonus items.

Dean of Students Microgrants

Small microgrants of up to $500 are distributed to matriculated undergraduate and graduate students for unexpected financial emergencies through the Dean of Students Office. Common reasons students apply for the grant might include: a car repair, unexpected medical bill, food, or rent assistance. Click here to access the application.

 

Dean of Students Short Term Loans

The Dean of Students Office extends short-term loans to matriculated undergraduate and graduate students for temporary financial emergencies, hardship, or unforeseen personal/family emergencies. The maximum loan amount is $500 for undergraduate students and $1000 for graduate students. The loan is disbursed and payment are received by the Office of the Bursar. Click here to access the application.

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