Resource Insecurity

The University of Portland is committed to providing support to students experiencing resource insecurity. The goal for the Care Team is to provide immediate support and explore long term resources for students to stay healthy, well, and successful in school. We encourage students to get in contact with the Care Team to better explore these resources.

UP Resources

  • Stock UP:
    • Pop up food pantry on-campus, located at the Social Work House 4903 N. Willamette Blvd.
    • Once a month.
    • Open to all UP community members: students, staff, faculty, Bon Appetit employees, etc.
    • No paperwork required.
    • You are able to shop and grab what you need.
    • Community closet component when available.
  • Pilots Supporting Pilots:
    • As a part of our Pilots Care program, Student Affairs has started a program called Pilots Supporting Pilots. The Care Team will work directly with students who have food insecurity needs. $50 will be loaded onto the students’ ID, which will give the student approximately six meals at the Pilot House or Commons.
    • The Care Team will also brainstorm with the student a sustainable plan for obtaining food/resources.
    • The funding for this program comes from the President’s Discretionary Fund and is matched by Bon Appétit.
    • If you would like to be connected to this program please reach out to Ali or submit a Care Team Referral.

Portland Resources

  • Hereford House Pantry:
    • 7704 N. Hereford Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97203
    • Fridays 12:00–2:00pm; Saturdays 12:00–2:00pm
    • Serving people who have never accessed a food pantry.
    • You are able to shop once per month for each person or family. You will receive 3-5 day’s worth of food.
  • St. John’s Food Share:
  • St. Vincent DePaul @ Holy Cross Parish:
    • 5227 N. Bowdoin St., Portland, Oregon 97203
    • Tuesdays and Fridays: 10:00-12:00pm; Thursdays: 5:30-7:00pm
    • UP students accessing this service do not require any proof of income/residency/paperwork. Just show up and let them know you are a UP Student.
    • For non-UP students: must meet income guidelines outlined by the USDA and must submit a simple form.
    • Fully stocked pantry with canned goods, packaged goods, produce, dairy items, and meats when available.
    • To receive food and services, please call 503.233.5589.
  • SUN School Pantry at Cesar Chavez School:
    • 5103 N. Willis Blvd, Portland, OR 97203 
    • 503.970.0235
    • Wednesday’s: 1:30–3:30pm.
    • Anyone can stop by and pick up a bag/box of pre-packaged food.
    • Instagram search: @free99fridge
  • Portland Free Food Fridges:
    • Located across Portland, the @pdxfreefridge has fridges and pantries with groceries and ready-to-eat meals for anyone who needs them.

Federal Resources

UP Financial Programs and Resources

  • Office of Financial Aid:  Students may request a special circumstance appeal if their family has experienced a loss of income. 
  • Presidential Hope Emergency Fund: UP offers emergency assistance to students who have experienced a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses that cause financial hardship.
    • The goal is to cover expenses that affect a student's ability to stay in college and complete their education.
    • Emergency funding is not intended to provide ongoing relief of recurring expenses or as a consistent supplement for educational purposes.
    • Typical awards range from $100-$1,000. Students can complete the Presidential Hope Emergency Fund.
  • Intersectional Hope and Healing Fund: The Intersectional Hope and Healing Fund is a student-led emergency relief fund that was created by a group of UP students in response to the increased financial need of many students due to COVID-19. The fund has expanded to give aid to students who need emergency relief for food insecurity and rent assistance.
    • If you are a UP student who is experiencing any kind of unexpected financial hardship, please apply using the Student Request Form here.
  • Student Employment:  opportunities are listed at up.edu/studentemployment