Student parents have a variety of resources specifically available to them and their families right here on UMSL's campus! This page exists to highlight these student parent/family specific campus resources. Click on the resources below to learn more information. Additionally, this page provides information about community resources for families.
Nursing and Pumping Spaces
The University of Missouri – St. Louis provides private lactation rooms on both North and South campus for students, faculty, and staff to support them while balancing their work and study commitments with their needs as parents. Each campus location offers a clean and secure environment for those who need to pump or nurse while on campus. Find more information about room locations, access, and room features.
The Triton Pantry has a partnership with the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. This partnership allows us to better support our students that have babies and young children in diapers. Diapers are provided on a monthly basis to student parents in need. Students must sign up for this resource and arrange to pick diapers up each month in the Triton Pantry. Sign up today!
The Triton Pantry provides food to UMSL students facing food insecurities. Students are able to stop by the pantry to pick up food for themselves and for their children when needed. Click here to learn more about the Triton Pantry.
There are many departments and organizations on campus or affiliated with campus that offer individual counseling, therapy, and group therapy services to students, families, and children. Additionally, student parents may receive free or discounted individual counseling and group therapy sessions.
UMSL sustainability has added a children's corner to their clothing swaps. Clothing swaps are a great way to update your and your child's wardrobe for free! Visit their website to see the upcoming events and find out more information.
The Student Advocacy and Care team is happy to help student parents identify needs and get connected to resources. Schedule an appointment with a case manager.
Community Resources for Student Parents and Families
This section provides a variety of resources and services that are currently available to parents. This list is not comprehensive nor exhaustive. We will do our best to keep it up to date, but understand that things are changing rapidly right now, and double checking things on your own and doing personal research is important.
The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank partners with programs throughout the region to help get families the resources they need, and keep babies happy and dry. Check out the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank's Emergency Partners to get free diapers today and a referral to one of their long-term partners near you.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. To apply for SNAP benefits, please refer to the following options:
- For students who have access to a printer/scanner, schedule a phone meeting with the SNAP specialist for assistance in completing and submitting your application and related materials.
- For students who don’t have a printer/scanner at home, submit your application and supporting documents online. If you need any assistance in filling out your application or have any questions, contact SNAP specialist from the St. Louis Area Food Bank Andrew Yakel at email@example.com or call (314) 528-8662.
Missouri Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The Missouri WIC program provides supplemental food, health care referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support to eligible pregnant women, new mothers, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five (5). Fathers, grandparents, guardians, and foster parents may also apply for benefits for the children living in their household. Learn more here.
St. Louis Area Food Bank
St. Louis Area Food Bank has a Food Pantry Link to help identify food pantries in your area. St. Louis Area Food Bank is also operating mobile markets at locations in various areas throughout St. Louis. If you or someone you know has a vehicle, you can visit one of the Emergency Mobile Food Distributions. These events are set up to be drive-through food distributions. Please have an ID and arrive early. No need to leave your vehicle. Volunteers and staff will put food in your car. A complete list of dates, times, and locations can be found on their Events Page.
Oasis Food Pantry
The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry serves the needs of Saint Charles County residents. They offer a variety of fresh, frozen and canned foodstuffs, as well as basic hygiene items to qualified recipients.
Missouri Health Net for Kids
The MO HealthNet (Medicaid) for Kids provides medical care for children under 19 years of age whose family income falls within certain guidelines. Click here to learn more and enroll.
If you’ve already enrolled, go to MO HealthNet for assistance using your benefits or finding a doctor.
If you are in an emergency situation where danger is imminent and immediate help is required, call 988 (for suicide or crisis lifeline emergencies) or the 911 (for physical emergencies).
St. Louis Crisis Nursery provides emergency intervention, respite care, and support to families in crisis. For the 24 hour helpline, call: 314-768-3201.
Children's Advocacy Center: Visit the CAC website for more information on upcoming trainings.