Food Basic Needs

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Food Basic Needs

Students with unmet basic needs such as food can have difficulty learning, be less likely to achieve academic success and are vulnerable to health concerns. Many students may struggle with asking for assistance. UNH has multiple resources that can help.

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Swipe it Forward is a program for UNH undergraduate and graduate students who are challenged by food insecurity to simply and confidentially request and receive meal swipes for use during the academic semesters at any of the three dining halls or as a Meal to Go. This program exists thanks to ongoing financial support from UNH staff, faculty, students, and the community. Donations can be made in a variety of ways including credit card, cash, payroll deduction, and donating swipes.

Feed a need: Hunger and food insecurity on Campus

  • Have you ever cut the size or skipped meals because there was not enough money for food?
  • Did you ever eat less or have been hungry, but didn’t eat at all because there was not enough money for food?

If you answered YES to any of these questions please request meal swipes.

UNH Study on Food Insecurity Prevalence Among University Students in New Hampshire
UNH study revealed food insecurity among students as more than double the statewide level (25% vs 9.6%)
AR Davidson & JS Morrell, Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition

Request meal swipes

Please email your confidential request to dean.students@unh.edu and you will receive a reply within 24 hours with details about accessing meal swipes.

Support the program

Swipe It Forward exists thanks to the ongoing financial support from UNH staff, faculty, students, and community. Donations can be made in a variety of ways including credit card, cash, payroll deduction, and donating swipes.

How to Donate

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Mission:

To help supplement the nutritional needs of students at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Durham campus for the support of learning, health, student retention and equitable access to wholesome, nutritious and nourishing food. By offering resources including compassionate support, we aim to provide UNH students with the support system needed to reach their full potential.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for services you must be a current student at the University of New Hampshire and bring your current UNH ID card with you. If possible, please bring your own re-usable bags for carrying items.

Volunteer:

Please contact Cats’ Cupboard if you would like to get involved by emailing: cats.cupboard@unh.edu. Volunteer tasks may include loading or unloading food deliveries, stocking shelves, and other other opportunities as needed. 

Donate:

If you would like to provide a monetary donation please donate through the UNH Gift Fund for Cats’ Cupboard

Donate

Items donated are to be in good condition (please avoid items in glass containers for safety and transport) and dropped off to Cats' Cupboard during open hours only. Please contact cats.cupboard@unh.edu for interest in creating a food or item drive, or for inquiries about specific wish list items that may be needed. 

Contact:

Location: Memorial Union Building (MUB), Room 140A
Spring 2022 Hours: Tuesdays: 5pm-8pm and Fridays: 10am - 5pm. Closed for the summer on Friday, May 20, 2022. 
Email: cats.cupboard@unh.edu