For everything, you need to know about the Food Pantry, see our answers to these Frequently Asked Questions.
The UNE Student Food Pantry is a source of free food and hygiene basics, available to all UNE students. It is located in the Advocacy & Welfare office at the UNE Armidale campus.
It is wholly funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The aim of the Food Pantry 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.
If you are:
YES, you are eligible!
All you need to provide is your current UNE Student ID card or Confirmation of Enrolment.
The Food Pantry can be accessed twice (2) per calendar month with no questions asked.
If you require more assistance (in the form of a 3rd visit in a particular month), you will be required to discuss your circumstances with an Advocate.
The Food Pantry will be open for all students at least once (1) per week, although more opening times may become available during peak periods.
Until further notice, the Food Pantry will be closed during holiday breaks. This includes the mid-Trimester break (now called the Assessment and Intensive Period). This closure will also apply to Food Pantry appointments.
These are updated regularly on this webpage and announced on our social media channels.
Please get in touch with us!
If you have pre-existing commitments during the Food Pantry opening time, we can organise an appointment for you to use the Food Pantry. The appointment will be made for a mutually suitable day and time.
You may not be able to use the Food Pantry right away when you ask for an appointment.
Please provide as much notice as possible, so that we can arrange your visit around our pre-existing commitments.
The Food Pantry supplies a range of basic food and hygiene products. Food items are non-perishable and include, for example; rice, pasta, noodles, cereals, tinned legumes, vegetables, and tuna. Basic hygiene products include toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, sanitary menstrual items and more.
We often have donations from the UNE community available; these food items are often different to what we usually stock. Generally, the available items do not change throughout the year.
All students can take up to 6 items per visit. This can be made up of 6 food items, or a combination of food and hygiene items. There is a limit of 2 hygiene items per student. For example, if you took the maximum amount (2) of hygiene items, you could get 4 food items.
Each student may only take 2 of each food/hygiene item. For example, 2 packets of rice is the maximum amount of rice you could take. Each student may take only 1 item from the Donations Box, and this will count toward their total.
A single (1) packet of sanitary pads or tampons are available as a special 7th item for students who require them for their own personal use. If you require pads or tampons for your wife or someone in your household who is not a UNE student, these items will be available within the ordinary allocation of hygiene products.
Online students are eligible to use the Food Pantry. However, we are only able to offer the Food Pantry from the Armidale UNE campus. Please take note of the Food Pantry opening times. If you are ever visiting the Armidale UNE campus and want to use the Food Pantry, get in touch!
If you live elsewhere and will not be visiting Armidale, we are more than happy to discuss financial assistance with you. We can also point you in the direction of food pantries/banks local to your area.
No catch-up visits are not allowed. Two visits per calendar month is the maximum amount of visits, regardless as to whether you visited only once in the previous month.
The only exception will be if you discuss your financial circumstances with an Advocate and they give you permission for an additional visit that month.
Generally, no, we will not allow others to collect Food Pantry items for you. If this is something you’re interested in, get in touch with us. We aim to be very flexible with Food Pantry collection times, however depending on your circumstances, we might make an allowance for another person to collect on your behalf. This request and approval must be made in writing.
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 Pantry 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 Pantry, 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.