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.

Winter Quarter 2021

  • 10-item "grab bags" are available for pick up at the Stevenson Union Welcome Desk
  • Food assistance is available during all hours that the SU is open: currently 8:30am-5pm Monday - Friday and closed holidays
  • From time-to-time there will also be "add-ons" available, such as eggs, produce, and bread (limited availability)

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.

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. 
  • 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.

February Food Drive

Every February the SOU community comes together to organize the February Food Drive, working to alleviate hunger on our campus and in our community. Visit the February Food Drive website for details on this year's campaign!

Donations

Donations are welcomed and appreciated at any time of the year! Non-perishable food items 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 stock the pantry shelves when food donations are low. 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.