What is the Purple Pantry?
The Purple Pantry is stocked with a variety of non-perishable foods, frozen foods, fresh produce, personal items and toiletries. It is open to all current UAlbany students, faculty and staff.
UAlbany community members can come to the pantry once per month, or as needed. You will be provided up to four days’ worth of food for you and the immediate members of your household, such as children, your partner and any other dependents. Review the instructions below for more details.
In addition to providing immediate food necessities, the Purple Pantry hosts programs designed to assist students with meeting their basic needs. These programs include screenings for WIC/SNAP benefits, nutritionist consultations, financial management and other initiatives.
How can I access the Purple Pantry?
Patrons are invited to come to the pantry and shop for their items in person, during our normal hours. Online order is not available.
The pantry is in Campus Center, Room 329, on the west side of the building's third floor.
Spring 2023 Hours
Monday: 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 to 3 p.m.
Thursday: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 518-442-5501 or [email protected] with any questions.
How can I donate to the Purple Pantry?
Financial donations are most helpful, since the Pantry can purchase food at a significantly discounted rate.
If you want to donate physical goods, such as toiletries and non-perishable food, please contact the Dean of Students Office at [email protected] to coordinate your drop-off. There are also purple drop-boxes around campus, which you can request for your building.
Note: We are unable to accept any open or unsealed food donations.
Our most needed items include:
Feminine Hygiene Products
Boxed Macaroni & Cheese
Canned tuna fish
Can I volunteer for the Purple Pantry?
We're always looking for volunteers to staff the Pantry, stock the shelves, collect donations and more. Please email the Office of the Dean of Students at [email protected] if:
You or your organization is interested in volunteering
Your student group is interested in hosting a food drive
You'd like a small collection bin placed in your department's offices or building
You have donations in your collection bin that need to be picked up
WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children)
Thank you to our sponsors!
We would like to thank the various sponsors who continue to assist us in funding this critical initiative. Thanks to the support of SODEXO, the Seymour-Fox Foundation, Broadview, Aldi, Market 32 and all the individuals and groups who have raised money, organized food drives or otherwise donated to the pantry, the Purple Pantry is able to accomplish its mission of providing support to those in need.