BU Food Pantry
Welcome to the BU Food Pantry!
For graduate students, this is a time of intense investment in intellectual capital and personal growth. This opportunity and endeavor sometimes comes at the sacrifice of finances that allow for other choices, especially maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet.
To meet the needs of students on the BUMC campus, we are partnering with Student Wellbeing to provide resources through The BU Food Pantry. Here you can:
- Place an order non-perishable food. Please visit the shopping form (opening Feb 20th) and select GMS as your pickup location
- Browse affordable resources below at BU and locally in the Boston / South End area
Even with the best of budgeting, finances can run short near the end of the month. Rent, tuition, books, utilities, babysitter, cell phone, gas, car payments, fees and more fees. It all adds up.
For students who may be struggling to make ends meet, the BU Food Pantry is stocked with canned and boxed foods. We try to offer a healthy variety, while providing basic food needs to students who could use come support.
The BU Food Pantry Initiative
The original Community Cupboard Pantry was established in 2020 as part of the “Making Ends Meet Initiative” here at Graduate Medical Sciences. Our goals included serving healthier meals on campus for seminars and student group events, the launching the GMS Community Cupboard, stocked with non-perishable goods and personal hygiene items, providing healthy cooking tips and seminars on living on a budget as part of our Student Growth & Learning initiative and raising awareness to affordable resources at BU and BMC and locally in the Boston / South End area. In the fall of 2023, with support from a grant from the Wellbeing Project, we moved to an anonymous, online ordering platform.
In the Spring of 2022, to ensure all students have access to the food support they need, the new office of Student Wellbeing initiated a movement toward a streamlined, “centralized” approach to addressing food insecurity on campus. In addition to supporting the seven dimensions of wellbeing, Student Wellbeing is committed to supporting students’ core needs, such as food, shelter and safety. Working with existing food pantries on campus including Our Community Cupboard, the Food@BU team, and current students, Student Wellbeing has been focused on educating students about resources available to them, as well as providing a streamlined process for obtaining the food they need.
In the Fall of 2022, Dr. Carrie Landa, Executive Director, Student Wellbeing and Dr. Ellen E. Faszewski, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at BU’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, partnered to submit a proposal for funding from the Commonwealth to address food insecurity at BU. With lots of enthusiasm, we received word that our proposal was being supported and Student Wellbeing is receiving $75K to address food insecurity at BU and educate our students about how they can make nutritious and budget friendly choices.
Place an Online Order
Place an online order here. Orders must be submitted by Sunday at 11:59PM to be ready for pick up on the following days listed below. Once an order is placed, the student will receive a confirmation email with their order number (assigned by a Student Affairs staff member to assure anonymity).
|Pick up Days||Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays|
|Pick up Times||9:00AM-5:00PM|
|Pick up Location||GMS Community Catalyst Center (C3), L306|
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