Meal Assistance

Program Closed Temporarily

 

The Meal Assistance Program is currently not accepting new applications. If you are a current student struggling with food insecurity and or financial insecurity, the following resources remain available to you at no cost: 

 

 

Resources Available to All Students: 

 

Financial Wellness  

For financial counseling, including budgeting for food, we suggest reaching out to Joel Philistin and Janet McLaughlin of the Financial Wellness Program. Joel and Janet can be reached via email at jop131@pitt.edu and janetmcl@pitt.edu, respectively. 

 

Student Emergency Assistance Fund  

Some of your other expenses may also be eligible for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund available through the Division of Student Affairs. More details on qualifying expenses and how to access the fund can be found here.  

 

Student Employment  

Pitt’s Office of Human Resource has a special webpage for student employment here where you can find a variety of on-campus and remote job opportunities just for Pitt students. 

 

Dietitian   

For ideas and advice on ensuring you’re able to meet your nutritional requirements, we suggest reaching out to Pitt Student Health Services Registered Dietitian for a free consultation by calling (412) 383-1800.   

 

Care Office 

If you need to connect with a Care Manager for Resources and Support, please contact the CARE Office at 412-624-5756 or pittcares@pitt.edu. 

 

 

 

Resources Available to All Students, Staff, Faculty and Recent Grads: 

 

Pitt Pantry 

the Pitt Pantry is a free food resource that’s available to all students, staff, and faculty. We provide a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, canned goods like rice, beans, and ready-to-eat meals, and basic household items like paper towels, soap, menstrual products, and more. We’re physically located in the basement of the Bellefield Presbyterian Church, right across Fifth Avenue from the Litchfield Towers, and right now you can choose to receive items either by making an appointment to come into the Pantry or by picking up a prepackaged box during certain pick-up windows. We ask everyone to request food by filling out this form at least one full day before they want to visit. Ciara Stehley is our committee member who also oversees the Pitt Pantry, and would be happy to discuss which in which the Pantry team can support you in utilizing campus food resources. Ciara can be reached at pantry@pitt.edu.  

 

 

Resources Available to Anyone, Regardless of University Affiliation: 

 

Other Pantries  

This resource from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank allows you to search for food assistance by location and by times of operation. 

 

Utility Assistance 

Based on your answers, you may qualify for utility savings through your provider.  

Information on Duquesne Light (DLC) programs for low-income customers can be found here.  

Information on People’s Gas programs for low-income customers can be found here. 

 

United Way (2-1-1) 

Help finding emergency food assistance is available through The United Way of Southwestern PA. You can contact the United Way by calling 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898-211, or visiting pa211sw.org. 

 

 

 

Resources Available Specifically to International Students: 

 

OIS   

OIS can advise international students on various work authorizations and immigration policies and may be able to help connect international students to additional support. If you haven’t, you can contact the immigration specialist associated with your school (directory available here) or to Susanna Deemer at swdeemer@pitt.edu if you are not sure who your immigration specialist is. 

 

 

 

Resources Available to Domestic Students (eligibility based on federal and state policies) 

 

 OAFA — Access to Aid   

The Office of Admissions and Financial aid can help make sure you have access to all of the financial resources you are eligible for. If you would like to meet with an OAFA representative, you can set up a meeting by either replying to this email or reaching out directly to Tim Bush, who is the financial aid expert on the Meal Assistance Program team. Tim can be reached at tim.bush@pitt.edu.  

 

SNAP 

If you are enrolled at least half time (six credits per semester), you may also qualify for public food assistance through SNAP (formerly known as food stamps).  For more information on student SNAP eligibility and the application process, visit this website. 

 

 

More information on these and other resources can be found at bit.ly/help-resources.  Additional wellness resources are also available at thrive.pitt.edu.  

 

Accommodations: If you require accommodations in order to utilize any of these resources due to a disability, assistance is available through the Office of Disability Resources and Services. If you already have a resource specialist, you can contact that person directly. If not, information on various ways to contact DRS can be found here.   

 

Note: If you need immediate non-food assistance, please contact Allegheny County Crisis Response Unit RESOLVE at 1-888-796-8226 (available 24/7). Click here for a listing of RESOLVE Resources.  

 

Have a question that’s not on here? Email mealassistance@pitt.edu for more information.