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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.

Dining Hours During COVID-19 

Foster Walker West is open daily from 11:00 am to 6:00 p.m. through April 5. To learn more about meal pick-up and to stay up-to-date on access to dining, please check the Dining Website at this link

Purple Pantry Access During COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Purple Pantry operates by appointment only.  Students can schedule individual appointments by completing this form (only individual appointments available):

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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