UMass Boston

U-ACCESS Food Pantry

Local Pantry Options

You can also access local pantry options, contact U-ACCESS staff at or call 617-297-1500.

2 out of every 5 UMass Boston students are food insecure*. You are not alone.

The U-ACCESS food pantry opened in February 2013 with the mission of providing emergency grocery items to UMass Boston students who did not have access to food for balanced and healthy meals. Since then, the pantry has bloomed into not just providing typical pantry items, but also fresh produce, toiletries, and some school supplies.

All UMass Boston students enrolled in at least one credit are eligible to participate, including but not limited to undergraduates, graduate students, parents, international students, ESL students, veterans, differently-abled, and those with dietary restrictions. If you anticipate barriers in accessing our resources or have any questions, feel free to email or call Arlene Wilhite, the Program Coordinator, at 617.287.3190.

Please note, our food pantry is closed on Mondays for restocking. If you have an emergency outside of our Food Pantry hours (Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10:00am - 3:00pm, there may be a limited supply upon pick up. 

To access the pantry and other U-ACCESS services, come by our office at Campus Center 2401 or contact us.


* Student data compiled from a 2018 Hope Lab Basic Needs Security Report.

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Donation Partners



Off-Campus Boston Area Food Pantries

Project Bread
145 Border St. East Boston, MA 02128

The Franciscan Food Center
100 Arch Street, Boston MA 02110
Mary Ann Ponti
617.542.6440 Ext: 258        

Rosie’s Place
889 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02118

Haley House
23 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116

Boston Rescue Mission
39 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

Red Cross
1033 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02118

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
640 Washington Street, Suite 203 Brighton, MA

Roxbury/N. Dorchester
565 Warren Street Roxbury, MA 02121

Jamaica Plain
30 Bickford Street, Lower Level Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

North End/West End
1 Michelangelo Street, Boston, MA 02113

Parker Hill Fenway
714 Parker Street, Roxbury, MA 02120

SNAP/South End
554 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

College and University Food Bank Association Member

The U-ACCESS Food Pantry is proud to be a founding member of the College and University Food Bank Association.
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Giving to UMass Boston

Support UMass Boston students who suffer financial and personal hardship, including poverty and homelessness through a gift to the U-ACCESS Program.