Purple Pantry

What is the Purple Pantry?

The Purple Pantry is stocked with a variety of non-perishable foods, fresh produce 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.

 

Shelves stocked with canned fruit and vegetables inside the Purple Pantry. Signs show the Purple Pantry logo and instructions for community members.

 

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. The Fall 2022 hours are:

  • Monday: 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday: 3 to 5 p.m.

  • Wednesday: 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Thursday: 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Note: The pantry is closed on all major holidays and when classes are suspended.

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.

Donate Now

If you want to donate physical goods, such as toiletries and non-perishable food, please drop the items off at the Office of the Dean of Students (Campus Center, Suite 137) during regular business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).

Note: We are unable to accept any open or unsealed food donations.

Our most needed items include:

Toiletries

Shampoo
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Feminine Hygiene Products
Soap
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Laundry detergent
Dish Soap

Non-perishable Food

Spaghetti
Boxed Macaroni & Cheese
Cereal
Oats
Canned beans 
Canned tuna fish
Canned vegetables
Canned fruit
Spaghetti Sauce
Soups
Canned Ravioli
Coffee
Tea
Canola Oil
Peanut Butter
Jelly

 

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 a donations in your collection bin that need to be picked up

 

Additional Resources

Campus Resources

Community Resources

 

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, SEFCU, Market 32 and all of 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.