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.
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.
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 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:
Feminine Hygiene Products
Boxed Macaroni & Cheese
Canned tuna fish