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.
In order to reduce risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus, and to comply with the Governor’s newest “Stay Home, Save Lives” orders, the SOU Student Food Pantry is temporarily closed along with the Stevenson Union building.
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. To ensure that all students are free from hunger, the offices of Student Life will be increasing outreach and education about available food and other basic needs resources. 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 NEW 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.
- Ashland Public Schools Grab-and-Go Meals: Ashland Public Schools is offering free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch weekdays 11-1pm for children and young people aged 0-21. As of 3/21, there are nine pick-up locations:
- Ashland High School
- Ashland Middle School
- Helman Elementary
- Garfield Park (weather permitting)
- Hunter Park (weather permitting)
- Ashland YMCA soccer pavilion, off Tolman Creek
- Project A parking lot, corner of Neil Creek Rd and Hwy 66
- Dicks Towing parking lot, by Burger King
- Bear Creek Bicycle, by Human Bean
- Uncle Food’s Diner: The Peace House-sponsored Uncle Food’s Diner’s Tuesday hot meal will be operating four days a week, serving food to go for our food-insecure population until further notice. To-go meals are served in the parking area adjacent to Ashland United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main Street, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 4-5pm.
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 email@example.com.
- For students who currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, you are able to shop online at Walmart and Amazon using SNAP.
- SNAP eligibility for students changed on July 1, 2019. Apply for SNAP benefits by clicking here.
To donate food:
Non-perishable and unopened food and hygiene items may be left in donation bins in the Student Life Office, located in Stevenson Union 312.
Most needed items include:
- Gluten free and vegan options
- Non-dairy milks
- Nut butters
- Canned fruit
- Protein items
- Cleaning supplies (all-purpose, detergent, etc.)
Interested in making your club's event a food-raiser to support the Pantry? Would you like to make a monetary donation to the Student Food Pantry? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how our staff can help support you in your efforts!