bowl of oats with peaches

Peach overnight oats

If you’re a student, you probably know what it’s like to be broke. Watching the dollars in your bank account quickly dwindle after every payday. The cost of textbooks drain any scrounged savings like leeches. If you can find a job, you still have to manage those work hours around your study schedule!

The Student Food Pantry exists to help UNE students experiencing financial difficulty. The Universities Australia Student Finances Survey 2017 revealed that 1 in 7 uni students regularly go without food and other basic necessities because they can’t afford them. Finances are a big source of worry for 3 in 5 uni students.

This is why we started the Food Pantry. And it has been going wonderfully! We have now helped over 500 UNE Students access free pantry and hygiene staples.

To inspire your tastebuds, we’re bringing you a delicious recipe for peach overnight oats! This is a delicious cold summertime breakfast option, all possible with food items you can get from the Food Pantry. If you’re a fan of porridge in the cooler months, this one’s for you!

These overnight oats are super simple to prepare and will speed up your mornings!


  • Quick or rolled oats (available from the Food Pantry)
  • Tinned peaches (available from the Food Pantry – you can keep some of the juice too)
  • Milk of your choice
  • Sweetener of your choice – honey, sugar, agave, maple syrup or the retained peach juice are possible (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Greek or flavoured yoghurt (optional)


It is crucial that the oats are prepared the night before! The oats need time to soak up all the milk and soften. You can prepare them in a sealable jar or a bowl (just cover while in the fridge overnight). Also, feel free to eyeball the quantities, the basic principle is 1 part oats to 1 part milk.

For 1 serving:

  • Add between ¼ cup and 1/3 cup of oats (judge this depending on your appetite) to a jar or bowl.
  • Add the same amount of your chosen milk, i.e. if you added ¼ cup oats, add ¼ cup milk.
  • Add your chosen sweetener if you’re using one (to taste, although between 1 tsp and 1 tbsp should be great).
  • Mix together until well combined.
  • Drain your tinned peaches (keeping any peach juice if you wish).
  • Add a few peach slices into the jar or bowl.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon, or add a dollop of yoghurt, if you wish.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight (or 2 hours at a minimum).

The next morning you will have a quick and tasty breakfast ready to go!

What is the Food Pantry?

The UNE Student Food Pantry opened in Trimester 2, 2019. It has received an overwhelming amount of support from UNE students and the wider community. We have received many positive comments, from students and staff alike, recognizing the serious problem of student food insecurity and noting how helpful the Food Pantry is.

The UNE Student Food Pantry is a source of free pantry and hygiene staples, available to UNE students. It has been funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Popular items include oats, pasta, rice, noodles, toothpaste, and toilet paper. There are also pads, tampons, tinned vegetables and fruit, and a range of other dry food goods.

The Food Pantry is opened for use at least once per week. It is located in the Advocacy & Welfare office. The Food Pantry opening times are advertised week-to-week. To see the next opening time, see our Facebook, Instagram or office door at the UNE campus. If you have any questions, feedback or issues accessing the Food Pantry during advertised times, get in touch.

The Food Pantry policy is located and updated here.

If you’re struggling, please come chat to us. We are here to make sure your UNE experience is the best. You’re never alone.