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The SOU Food Pantry is committed to providing students with food and other basic necessities to alleviate the effects of hunger and poverty. We strive to promote human dignity and increase the likelihood of continued academic success. 

Nov/Dec 2020 and Winter Quarter 2021 Hours Changing

  • November 10th to 25th will be open regular hours 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • November 26th & 27th will be closed for Thanksgiving
  • November 30th to December 11th has limited hours 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • December 12th to January 3rd will be closed
  • Winter Term Hours 8:00am - 5:00pm

There are other places to get food assistance as well.  Want to know where the closest food pantry to you is located?  The food finder is a great tool to use so that you can find a pantry near you! Have further questions?  Reach out to The Student Sustainability Resource Center at ecos@sou.edu for more information.

Fall 2020 Update

The Student Food Pantry will resume food distribution on September 28, 2020, offering pre-made "Pantry Grab Bags" for pick-up at the Stevenson Union. Current SOU students seeking supplimentary food assitance from the SOU Food Pantry can check in at the SU Welcome Desk during open SU hours and the Welcome Team member will assist the student client.

Currently the SU is open M-F 8am-7pm, subject to change during holidays and breaks.

Students can recieve one Grab Bag per week. Each bag includes ten or more non-perishable food items, and students can pick from one of four types of bags: meat/non-vegetarian, vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free. The variety in each bag is based on inventory and the SFP strives to include a balance of food products that include proteins, grains, fruits and vegetables in each bag.

Opportunities to increase student choice in food selection are being explored, and any changes in operation will be announced on our website and via Inside SOU and email.

Additional Food Resources

Students facing food insecurity are encouraged to access resources in the community and valley to supplement their nutrition, and a number of community resources have increased access to services in recent times. Here is a short list of food resources students might find useful:

  • SNAP: SNAP is a food assistance program that provides monthly benefits to help you pay for food. SNAP is also sometimes referred to as food stamps, EBT and in Oregon it is also called the Oregon Trail card. Students who attend higher education at least half-time may be eligible for SNAP by meeting income guidelines and additional criteria.
  • Raiders Helping Raiders: assists students who are facing food insecurities or do not have access to food on a regular basis. Complete the form on the link to apply for 3 meals for the month at The Hawk at SOU. Recipients must be an SOU student and be registered for classes. [9/23/20: RAIDERS HELPING RAIDERS IS TEMPORARILY ON HOLD]
  • ACCESS Food Pantry Network: ACCESS supports 24 emergency food pantries throughout Jackson County. All the pantries in the ACCESS network are operating normal business hours at this time (3/24). There is a free mobile market offered in Ashland in the Snowberry Brook Housing area at 2261 Villard St, open Thursdays 4-6pm.
  • Ashland Emergency Food Bank: Located at 560 Clover Lane, AEFB is open from 9:30am to 12:30pm Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of each month, as well as the 4th Wednesday of each month from 5pm to 7pm. Effective March 17th, AEFB will be open and distributing food using a box delivery model to maintain social distance. All existing clients, and people newly needing support are welcome.

For ongoing updates to campus and community food and basic needs resources, follow @SOUstudentlife on social media, stories on Inside SOU, and announcements via the SOU daily newsletter Southern Exposure. Questions or important resources to share? Contact Jill Smedstad at smedstadj@sou.edu.

Donations

Donations of non-perishable food items are accepted and can be brought to the Stevenson Union Welcome Desk in the SU foyer.

Monetary donations help sustain the Student Food Pantry, and these funds help purchase food items through ACCESS at reduced prices, and also go toward other programs for supplementary food assistance for students. To contribute a tax-deductible donation through the SOU Foundation, visit https://giving.sou.edu/food-pantry/.

SOU employees can also sign up to contribute a monthly donation through a payroll deduction.

Food and Fundraisers

Is your employee group, student club, or organization interested in hosting a food or fundraiser in support of the Student Food Pantry? That's great! Please contact us at foodpantry@sou.edu to discuss your plan and arrange details with us.