U-ACCESS Program Seeks Donations for New Food Pantry

January 25, 2013

Office of Communications

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Donations to Support UMass Boston Students

The Office of Urban and Off-Campus Support Services—otherwise known as U-ACCESS—is seeking volunteers to organize donation drives for its new food pantry.

The U-ACCESS program, part of the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, aims to provide support to students affected by chronic or persistent poverty, homelessness, financial emergencies, and other unanticipated events. U-ACCESS Director Shirley Fan-Chan says the food pantry will support students like the one who hadn’t eaten in so long that he told a faculty member he was afraid he would pass out.

“Our goal is to help students break the cycle of poverty by helping them complete their education,” Fan-Chan said.

Fan-Chan says eligible students will have access to a bag of donated nutritious food once a month during the spring and fall semesters, and as requested during the summer months and winter break. She is hoping that campus groups will organize donation drives to stock the new pantry. Interested groups should email U-Access@umb.edu or call 617.287.3195. Donation boxes will be set up across the UMass Boston campus for individuals who want to donate. Needed items include pasta, pasta sauce, canned tuna, boxed macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter.

This fall, the Key for Hope Foundation melted down donated old keys and turned them into scrap metal. Proceeds supported the U-ACCESS pantry. UMass Boston students Alli Greenberg and Kevin Corcino talked about the effort on WUMB 91.9 FM’s Commonwealth Journal on December 23. Donation buckets were located in the Quinn Administration Building, Joseph P. Healey Library, Campus Center, and at all Beacons games.

Students in need of food should email U-Access@umb.edu. The U-ACCESS program office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 617.287.5800 or email U-Access@umb.edu for more information.

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