For more information on any of the UAlbany Cares programs listed below, please contact the Dean of Students office at 518-442-5501 or via email.


Purple Pantry – The Purple Pantry, the University’s on-campus food pantry, The Purple Pantry, a project designed to help combat food insecurity within the UAlbany community, opened its doors to all students, faculty and staff on May 29, 2019 and hosted its grand opening event on September 4, 2019. The services will be open 20 hours per week during the academic year, factoring in the institution’s class schedules and select evening hours. University community members just need to show their University identification card to access this resource. 

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

Fall 2020 hours of operation: 

Monday: Noon - 5:00pm

Tuesday: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Wednesday: Noon - 5:00pm

Thursday: 9:00am - 2:00pm 


Purple Threads – Do you need professional clothing for an award ceremony, internship, job interview or other event? Come visit Purple Threads, the University’s professional clothing closet for students. Bring your University identification card and select the clothes to put together your outfit. 

Location: Campus Center 323 (third floor, west side of Campus Center Building) 

Fall 2020 hours of operation: To Be Determined 


Student Emergency Fund – The University is one of seven SUNY campuses included in a student pilot program for those experiencing an unforeseen financial hardship or emergency, with the goal of keeping more students on track towards graduation. Emergency funding will be given to undergraduate students who are facing an unexpected emergency such as theft, fire, domestic violence, homelessness or the threat of eviction, a medical emergency, natural disaster, and/or loss of employment. Examples of eligible expenses include rent, utilities, clothing, furniture, medical expenses, back-up child care, back-up transportation, and replacement of stolen items needed for school. Please click here to be taken to the application page.