Food Security Initiatives

No Student Goes Hungry

UMass Amherst has a No Student Goes Hungry Policy to address this serious matter. Food Security Initiatives include:

1. Single Stop Resources

View the Student Affairs and Campus Life resource link HERE for students experiencing a personal, financial or life challenge. 

2. Supplemental Meals

The supplemental meal swipe program provides immediate assistance to any UMass student experiencing food insecurity. The plan is intended for students WITHOUT current meal swipes available. To access the meals, log into SPIRE and activate the supplemental meal option under the main menu, finance tab; three days of meals automatically loaded to your U-Card; meal swipes can be used in any of the dining commons on campus. Once activated, your meals expire in 3 days and the Dean of Students office will be notified and reach out to you with additional resources. For instruction, reference our How-To Guide HERE.

3. Retail & Cafe Value Meals

Value meals at Retail locations with prices starting at $5.00. Reduced food prices at all cafés one hour before close; menu items include sandwiches, salads and baked goods and are 50% off one hour before close. The program allows students to stretch their dining dollars and meal exchanges. Additionally, graduate students can take advantage of the half-priced items one hour before close at the campus cafes— the half price brings many menu items down to $2.50 to $4.00.

4. Meal Plan Scholarship Fund

The UMass Amherst Undergraduate Student Meal Plan Scholarship Program seeks to provide emergency support to matriculated undergraduate students in good standing for unexpected emergencies, hardship, and/or unforeseen personal/family emergencies. The meal plan scholarship program is an emergency supplement designed to assist current meal plan students facing food insecurity. The meal plan scholarship is not a cash award and is not tied to financial aid or grants. Students applying for the scholarship are eligible to receive awards in meal swipes/ dining access. A student may be awarded only once per academic year.

To apply for the meal plan scholarship, students must complete the online application: HERE and send to [email protected]


UMass Gives On-Going Donations
UMass Dining invites you to help us build a Meal Plan Scholarship Fund to further support food security on campus. Please join us with a donation of any amount. Your donation helps support sustainable food access solutions for students. CONSIDER DONATING HERE!

For more information please contact: Brandy Sullivan ([email protected] or 413-545-5380)

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