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Food Accessibility

Individuals experiencing difficulty accessing food should immediately contact the SES Office. There are robust support systems in place to ensure that all students have access to nutritious food and groceries. 

Purple Pantry (PP) Access 

 Purple Pantry is open by individual appointment and weekly on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You must complete the form linked below even if you are stopping by on a Thursday. 

 For individual appointments, please click this link:

If you have any questions, email

About the Purple Pantry 

In partnership with Student Enrichment Services, the Purple Pantry is coordinated by Mary Deeley, Pastoral Associate with the Sheil Catholic Center (2110 Sheridan Road).  Students experiencing difficulty accessing food can drop by the Purple Pantry to receive free snacks and groceries. The Purple Pantry is intended to be as barrier-free as possible, so it accommodates individuals with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and halal dietary needs. For questions, to schedule an individual appointment, or to suggest produce to meet your dietary restriction, please email  

SNAP Benefits 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, helps individuals and families with financial need gain access to food and meals. For more information on eligibility requirements and to get assistance with completing your SNAP application, please complete the SES Interest form by clicking here

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