One in five UMSL students is facing hunger or very low food insecurity.

Half of UMSL students have experienced some form of food insecurity in the last year.

(UMSL Hunger and Homelessness Assessment, 2017)

"Food insecurity is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or the ability to acquire such foods in a socially acceptable manner. The most extreme form is often accompanied with physiological sensations of hunger" (Wisconsin Hope Lab 2018).

College students struggling with food insecurity face a number of barriers to achieving their academic goals. Studies have shown that students facing hunger are more likely to earn lower grades, lose scholarships, and drop out of school. UMSL is committed to providing support to students facing food insecurity and is on the forefront of the nationwide fight against hunger on college campuses. 

One "bad month" can be enough to plunge a student into food insecurity. Schedule changes at work, financial aid eligibility, textbook expenses or other unexpected life events can suddenly force a student to choose between buying food and paying bills. 

To request assistance with food insecurity, contact us.

Signs You May Be Experiencing Food Insecurity

Triton Snack Packs

Triton Pantry - Coming Soon!

Find Your Local Food Pantry

Help Navigating Food Resources


Signs You May Be Experiencing Food Insecurity

You may be experiencing food insecurity if you identify with some of the following statements:

"The food I bought just didn't last and I didn't have enough money to get more."
"I couldn't afford to eat balanced meals."
In the last 12 months, did you ever cut the size of your meals or skip meals because there wasn't enough money for food?
In the last 12 months, did you ever eat less than you felt you should because there wasn't enough money for food?
In the last 12 months, were you ever very hungry but didn't eat because there wasn't enough money for food?

These questions and statements are modeled off on the US Household Food Security Module developed by the USDA. If you feel some of these describe your experiences, we encourage you to reach out to our office or to a community resource for assistance. 

Triton Snack Packs

Snack Packs are the flagship food insecurity program from Student Social Services. Originally developed by a social work practicum student, snack packs are available at six campus locations and helping more students than ever. With support from campus groups and alumni, snack packs allow students to focus on their studies rather than their hunger.

 Snack packs are:

  • For students experiencing food insecurity

  • Available to pick up once a week by enrolled students

  • Full of snacks to help keep you full and focused throughout the week


If you need help accessing a snack pack or are facing food insecurity, please contact us.

Triton Food Pantry - Coming Soon!

There will soon be a food pantry available for enrolled students conveniently located in the Millennium Student Center. Watch our Facebook page for more information.

The next pantry date is Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 !


Find Your Local Food Pantry

Use the "Find Your Pantry" Tool from the St Louis Area Food Bank to find the locations and contact information for food pantries near you. 

The Hunger Hotline is an emergency, 24/7 service to provide those in need with referral information for agencies in their neighborhoods. Callers are supplied with agency names and telephone numbers.

Call the Hunger Hotline at 314-726-5355 X 1

Help Navigating Food Resources

We have dedicated social workers who can assist you with everything from finding food sources, applying for food assistance, creating budgets, developing low cost shopping strategies to accessing grocery stores via public transportation and more.

Click here to request assistance and we'll do everything we can.