Purple Pantry

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 every 30 days. 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.

(Note: If you require more assistance, please use the Food Pantry Locater to access pantries and other food resources in the Capital Region.)

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. Online ordering is not available.

Spring 2024 hours begin on Monday, January 29, 2024:

  • Monday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Wednesday: 1 to 5 p.m.

  • Thursday: 3 to 6 p.m.

  • Friday: 9 a.m. to noon

Note: Patrons may enter the Purple Pantry until 15 minutes before closing.

Location: Campus Center, Room 329 (west side of third floor)

Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 518-442-5501 or [email protected] with any questions.



Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Feminine Hygiene Products
Laundry detergent
Dish Soap

Non-perishable Food

Boxed Macaroni & Cheese
Canned beans 
Canned tuna fish
Canned vegetables
Canned fruit
Spaghetti Sauce
Canned Ravioli
Canola Oil
Peanut Butter


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


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, 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.