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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 Thanksgiving Break

Residential and dining halls will remain open over Thanksgiving break. Please click here to review the dining hall hours for Thanksgiving Break. 

The Purple Pantry 

Students experiencing difficulty accessing food can drop by the Purple Pantry, the on-campus food pantry. The Purple Pantry operates every Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm at the Sheil Catholic Center (2110 Sheridan Road). Have class or work during that time? Individual appointments can also be arranged. 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 click here.

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