IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THE PURPLE PANTRY OPERATION HOURS
In order to observe social distancing protocols, the Purple Pantry is closed to shoppers; however, pre-packaged bags of 4 days of food can be picked up in the lobby of the University Police Department building. PLEASE BRING YOUR UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY ID CARD.
The University Police Department is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days per week! 518-442-3132 will ring into University Police.
The University Police Department building is located on the eastern side of University Drive. It is the driveway directly after Indian Quad if you are driving from Washington Avenue, towards Western Avenue. If you reach Liberty Terrace Apartments, you have gone too far.
If you enter University Drive from Western Avenue, make a right onto University Drive and drive towards Washington Avenue, the driveway is directly after Liberty Terrace Apartments.
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 p/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.
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:
Feminine Hygiene Products
Boxed Macaroni & Cheese
Canned tuna fish
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 DOS@albany.edu.
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 DoS@albany.edu.
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.