Community Food Assistance

As spring term continues with remote learning, the SOU Student Food Pantry and Stevenson Union building will remain closed in order to reduce risk of transmission of the novel Coronavirus.

***Students facing immediate barriers to accessing food are encouraged to submit a CARES report and someone from the Office of the Dean of Students will follow-up to identify ways to support the student in need.***

Community Food Assistance

Students facing food insecurity are encouraged to access resources in the community and valley to supplement their nutrition. The Offices of Student Life and the Dean of Students are committed to ensuring that all students are free from hunger, and will be regularly updating food and other basic needs resources available to students. Here is a short list of food resources students might find useful:

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.

Oregon Residents follow:

California residents seeking SNAP benefits apply at:  

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. There is a NEW free mobile market offered in Ashland in the Snowberry Brook Housing area at 2261 Villard St, open Thursdays 4-6pm.

5/4/20 Update: ACCESS has reopened some of its Medford locations with limited hours and drive-thru operations only. Call ACCESS main office at (541)779-6691 (M-T 8a-5p) to verify hours prior to going to the pantry. All other pantries continue to be open.

Reopened locations include:

  • ACCESS Distribution @ Grumman Dr & Lear Way : Monday thru Thursday 10am-1pm
  • First Christian Church: Mondays 12pm-2pm
  • West Medford Pantry: Tuesdays 2pm-4pm
  • Medford Community Services: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-11:30am

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. Contact AEFB for a delivery option if you are unable to visit in person.

Klamath County Food Bank: Is keeping all of their food pantry locations open and have increased the amount of donations being taken in. For students and community members in Klamath County please visit the link for locations and pickup/delivery:

Siskiyou Community Food Bank: Located at 1601 S Oregon St, Yreka, CA. Their website also provides resources to help community members receive their COVID-19 stimulus checks.

Ashland & Medford Public Schools Grab-and-Go Meals: Ashland Public Schools is offering free grab-and-go lunch on weekdays from 11-12:30pm for children and young people aged 0-21. A dry breakfast will now be offered at lunch service for next day’s morning meal. As of May 1st, Ashland and Medford school districts will continue to serve cold lunches through the end of the month while a service plan for June is being developed.

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.

-->COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund CARES: SOU will receive funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency grants to students for basic needs resources, including food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care. The university’s Financial Aid Office is working in partnership with Student Life and the Dean of Students office to assist those students who have been affected.

--> Southern Oregon COVID-19 Mutual Aid Network: This small community network is full of neighbors helping neighbors providing each other resources including food delivery, donations, help with your children’s math homework, and much more. Login through Facebook to find a resource in your neighborhood.

For information on additional Covid-19 related food and basic needs resources and information in Ashland, Talent, and Phoenix communities, you can visit - community volunteers are updating information here on an ongoing basis.

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