Services for Students Facing Food Insecurity Amid COVID-19 Response

Update March 23, 11:30 a.m.: Oregon Governor Kate Brown calls for Oregonians to stay home, closing specific retail businesses and requiring social distancing in most cases. The executive order took immediate effect on March 23, 2020. We are currently reviewing information on this page to ensure it is consistent with the order.

The following is a list of services and programs that offer free food, meals, and support for accessing resources. While availability and operations remain fluid and subject to change without notice, the UO Student Food Security Task Force will do all it can to communicate updates as quickly as possible. Program descriptions and schedules can be found lower on this page.

  • Student Food Pantry: Open 4:00–6:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday during finals week. Closed during spring break; students are encouraged to take what they need to cover for the upcoming break. Will reopen week one of spring term.
  • Produce Drops: Program will not be held during spring break. Next Produce Drop is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 14. Organizers are evaluating the feasibility of increasing the frequency of the program and will update if that develops.
  • SNAP Enrollment Help: The Student Sustainability Center and the Duck Nest are working to ensure continuity in SNAP enrollment help. This includes exploring options to establish remote help. Please follow the Duck Nest and the SSC on social media to stay up to date.
  • Ducks Feeding Ducks: Emergency meal dollars will remain available and can be used wherever Duck Bucks are accepted.
  • Leftover Textover: The frequency of catered events on campus will drop dramatically over the next few weeks. Students should not rely on Leftover Textover to operate as normal.
  • Hearth and Table: Free meals will not be held during finals week or spring break. Starting week one, kitchen teams will be reduced to four people, and total number of diners will be capped at 32. Check Hearth and Table on Facebook for updates.
  • FOOD for Lane County: FOOD for Lane County’s website has up-to-date information about where to get free produce, groceries, hot meals, and grab-and-go meals for children during school closures.

We know that, as a student, you have a lot of things on your plate. But with the rising cost of education, housing, and other expenses, your plate might be lacking one vital item—food.

The University of Oregon recognizes the importance of proper nutrition, and that having enough food contributes to your academic success. That’s why our campus and community partners are continuing to take steps to address food insecurity in the lives of our students.

Many of these programs are made possible with joint funding from Associated Students of the University of Oregon and the Office of the President.

Produce Drop

In partnership with Food for Lane County and Trillium Produce Plus, the UO Student Sustainability Center’s new monthly program in the EMU Amphitheater places fresh produce directly into the shopping bags of UO students who self-identify as living at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty level.

Like a free farmer’s market for students, you can select the fruits and vegetables you’d like, and receive printed recipes that use ingredients available at the market that day. Produce Drop is held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, from 3:00–5:00 p.m.


Ducks Feeding Ducks

Do you ever find yourself at the end of the month, short on cash, and missing meals in order to pay for other necessities? The new Ducks Feeding Ducks program, managed by the EMU ID Card Office, can transfer $10 to your account for use at any campus food venue that accepts Duck Bucks.

As a UO student, simply apply online. If you meet the criteria, the funds will be added to your account within an hour.

There is also a donation component for students, UO employees, and family members who would like to contribute to Ducks Feeding Ducks.


Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP)

Many students qualify for SNAP based on their financial need, but are often unaware of their eligibility. The Student Sustainability Center and the Duck Nest collaborate with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and the Oregon Department of Human Services to help students learn about the program and get enrolled, if eligible.

SNAP enrollment events are held on campus each term. Trained volunteers will be available to answer any questions, and help you fill out your SNAP application.


Student Food Pantry

The Student Food Pantry—a ministry of the Episcopal Campus Ministry in Eugene and a partner agency with Food for Lane County—is open to all college students in the greater Eugene area. Founded in 2011, the pantry provides free supplemental food for college students. Depending upon availability, this may include canned fruits and vegetables; frozen and fresh vegetables; bread, rice, pasta, and cereal; canned beans, soups, and other protein sources; dairy products, frozen meats, and meat substitutes. Additional quantities are given to students with children.

Students may come to the pantry once a week on Wednesday or Thursday, 4:00–6:00 p.m.  It is located one block south of the UO campus at 1329 E 19th Avenue, between Emerald and Onyx. Bring your student ID card and a grocery bag.


Ducks Leftover Textover

The Ducks Leftover Textover program alerts current UO students via text message when there is leftover, free food available on campus. These leftover portions come from campus events where food was ordered from UO Catering, but not all of it was consumed.

Texts to announce available food will occur in real time—typically with about 15 minutes notice—and include a location link on the UO campus map.

Sign up for Ducks Leftover Textover

Want to donate your catering leftovers to Textovers?
Contact UO Catering directly.


Cooking Classes

There are several options for students who want to learn how to cook healthy, affordable meals.

In partnership with Food for Lane County, the Duck Nest offers cooking classes throughout the year. Participants learn how to stretch their food dollars through meal planning and shopping wisely. The class ends with the group cooking and sharing a meal. 

The Department of Physical Education and Recreation holds a weekend class each term, PEF 335 Healthy Cooking. The class combines lectures and activities to explore the basics of cooking and nutrition, including a grocery store tour, learning to read food labels, and basic kitchen techniques.

Cutting board with healthy foods

Contact Us

For more information about the UO Student Food Security Task Force or to get involved in one of our programs, contact Marcus Langford, Associate Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students, at mlangfor@uoregon.edu.