• Faculty and staff at the opening of the purple pantry Faculty and staff at the opening of the purple pantry

    Purple Pantry

    Fueling Greatness


During the pandemic, we have adjusted our operations to reduce contact between patrons and volunteers but are still providing the same high-quality services. 

Community members can now use an online ordering platform to select items available in the pantry before their visit. Please log into MyInvolvement to get started

After you place your order, you’ll be prompted to select a pick-up time slot. Your items will be pre-bagged and placed on a shelf outside the Pantry’s door (Campus Center 329). A staff member will be onsite during distribution hours to answer any questions you may have.

We ask that you please place your order at least 24 hours before your desired pick-up time to allow our volunteers ample time to prepare your selection.



The Purple Pantry is open to all current UAlbany students, faculty and staff. The Pantry is stocked with a variety of non-perishable foods, fresh produce and toiletries. Individuals are able to access the pantry once per month (or as needed) and will be provided up to four days’ worth of food for themselves and immediate members of their household (children/spouse/dependents).

When coming to the pantry, individuals are encouraged to bring their UAlbany photo ID and a reusable bag/bags to carry their food.

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.



Financial donations are most beneficial to the Pantry due to the fact that the Pantry can purchase food at a significantly discounted rate. Financial donations can be made via credit card.

Make a Donation

Individuals who would like to donate physical goods (Non-perishables, toiletries, etc….) to the pantry can do so by dropping the items off at the Dean of Students Office (Campus Center, room 137) during regular business hours (Mon.-Fri. 9AM-5PM). The Purple Pantry is unable to accept any donation that has a food product which is open or unsealed.

The most commonly needed items are listed below:


Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Feminine Hygiene Products
Laundry detergent
Dish Soap

Non-Perishable Items:

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


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.


The Purple Pantry regularly recruits volunteers to assist with staffing the pantry, stocking the shelves, collecting donations, and other activities. If you or an organization your affiliated with is interested in volunteering with the Purple Pantry please contact the Dean of Students Office by e-mailing [email protected].

Student Groups
If you are part of an organization that would like to partner with the Purple Pantry and host a food drive, please contact the Dean of Students Office by e-mailing [email protected].

If you would like to have small collection bin placed in your department or building, or have a bin that needs to be collected, please contact the Dean of Students Office.

Additional Campus Resources

Food Pantry Locater: In addition to the Purple Pantry, most students, faculty & staff are eligible to visit community based food pantries located in their respective areas. 

UAlbany Emergency Fund: Undergraduate students experiencing an unforeseen financial hardship or emergency that might require them to leave school, may be eligible to apply for a small grant to off-set costs such as rent, utilities, medical expenses, replacement of stolen items needed for school, and child-care. 

Purple Threads: UAlbany established a professional clothing closet in 2018. Students enrolled at the University are able to visit Purple Threads once a semester to obtain dress attire that can be used for interviews and beyond.  

Dean of Students Office: In addition to overseeing the Purple Pantry, Purple Threads and the Emergency Fund, the Dean of Students Office can assist students struggling with issues related to off-campus housing, veterans services, disability services, and conduct.

SNAP: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program: “SNAP issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food”. 

WIC: “Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children provides federal grants to states for supplmental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk”. 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Provides health, wellness and self-enhancement programs to employees at the University.  

Student Health Services
Counseling & Psychological Services Center (CAPS)
Financial Aid

Contact the Purple Pantry
Campus Center 329