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GRAD Resources

Student Care Supply Closets

Any student who is in need is eligible to use this resource—no questions asked. Simply fill out this online shopping sheet and wait for a staff member to reach out to you to schedule your pick-up. 

Amherst Survival Center Mobile Food Pantry
  • Every household is eligible, no documentation needed! No residency or income requirements!

  • Pick up is 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. Volunteers will place box directly in trunk of vehicle.

Amherst Survival Center Fresh Food Distribution
  • No registration is necessary and everyone is welcome.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 12 pm-3pm

  • 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.

Amherst Survival Center Food Pantry Registration
  • Apply here

  • Delivery to your home is available

  • There are no requirements for visas, citizenship, or ID to access services.

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

  • There is no income cap to access the food pantry. If you need food, you are welcome!

  • If you have any questions, please contact

Student Parent Programs - Donate to the Student Parent Success Fund
  • If you are in a position to donate, please consider contributing to SPP's Student Parent Success Fund, which supports child care subsidies and emergency grants for income-eligible student parents at UMass! 

  • Student Parent Programs (SPP) supports parenting students as they pursue their educational goals at UMass. Our goal is to keep student parents on track in their education by addressing the obstacles that get in the way of their success.

  • Child care subsidies help student parents stay in school and stay on track to earning their degrees!

  • Family Grants help pay for expenses such as licensing exam fees, winter coats and boots for growing kids, transportation expenses, computer repairs, high utility bills, kids' dental bills, insurance co-pays for childbirth, and more!  

Dean of Students Microgrants

Small microgrants of up to $500 to matriculated undergraduate and graduate students for unexpected financial emergencies. Common reasons students apply for the grant might include: a car repair, unexpected medical bill, food, or rent assistance.


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.


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