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.
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.
Fall 2023 Hours (until Monday, December 4, 2023):
Monday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Friday: 4 to 7 p.m.
Intersession Hours (Tuesday, December 5, 2023, to Friday, January 26, 2024):
Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to noon
Thursdays: 1 to 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 22 to Friday, November 24, 2023
Monday, December 25, 2023, to Monday, January 1, 2024
Spring 2024 Hours will begin Monday, January 29, 2023. Please check back for details.
Location: Campus Center, Room 329 (west side of third floor)
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