Food

Free Food Days

This is an opportunity for any UNE students to COVID safely join us to collect something delicious to eat during the week and check in!

Meal Kits Giveaway Days. As part of some of our our Well- fair days we will run pop-up events, with our famous Meal Kit Giveaways - watch our socials for the dates that meal kits will be a part of the fair. There will be over 240 FREE meal kits, with 2 meals in each kit. Come and meet the team and treat yourself to s stress-free dinner thanks to the team from UNE Life, Functions & Catering.

Food Assistance Program 

The UNE Student Food Assistance Program (formerly Food Pantry) provides UNE students with a free gift voucher to either Coles or Woolworths to assist in purchasing groceries, pantry staples, and hygiene products. It is funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) and managed by the Advocacy & Welfare team. UNE Students Australia-wide can apply for the Food Assistance program if in need and/or suffering financial hardship.

Meal Kit Recipes

If you loved the the Free Student Meal kits - you can replicate them at home! Find all the Recipe's here.

FAQs

For everything, you need to know about the Food Pantry, see our answers to these Frequently Asked Questions.

What is the Food Assistance Program and why does it exist?

The UNE Student Food Assistance Program is a source of free food gift vouchers available to all UNE students.

It is wholly funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The aim of the Food Assistance Program is to ensure the welfare of UNE students at times when their financial circumstances might see them going without one of life’s basic necessities.

Am I eligible?

The Food Assistance Program is available to full time coursework-based students who are in financial distress.

This includes:

  • Students who are studying Undergraduate or Master’s degrees full time and have little income due to being full-time student.
  • International students paying expensive fees to study at UNE. Who are in need, due to no income.
  • PhD students that are not on a scholarship
  • Part time coursework students with children who are not working

Please contact our Welfare Advocate at advocacy@une.edu.au to discuss your situation.

How often can I use the Student Food Assistance Program?

Once a student has been approved they can request assistance as often as required.

Please contact our Welfare Advocate at advocacy@une.edu.au to discuss your situation.

I’m an online student – can I use the Student Food Assistance Program?

Yes. This program is available to all students. We are happy to send you vouchers. We’ll just need your student number and to approve your request.

Please contact our Welfare Advocate at advocacy@une.edu.au to discuss your situation.

What does SSAF pay for other than the Student Food Assistance Program?

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is used to pay for many student-focused projects throughout UNE, as provided for under Australian Government legislation.

The Student Food Assistance Porgram is one of those projects. You can see the full allocation of 2019 SSAF funding here.

Whilst Advocacy & Welfare has SSAF funds provided for the Food Assistance Porgram, we are not in charge of what the SSAF money gets used for.

Many SSAF funded projects are accessible by online students, in recognition of the fact that online students do pay SSAF. These include Studiosity, Careers, and extended Library hours, among many others viewable on the webpage above. The entire existence of our office – Advocacy & Welfare – is supported by SSAF. The work that we do in supporting UNE students and advocating on their behalf is available to all students.

Find out more about what we do here.