Food insecurity is a major issue in America. In 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that 1 in 9 Americans were food insecure, equating to more 37 million Americans, including more than 11 million children.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the wellbeing of us all, we know food insecurity is more impactful than ever. Feeding America estimates that 54 million people in America now face food insecurity.
That is why UMass Dartmouth and the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement have put together the following list of easy to access resources for those seeking food for themselves and their families.
Arnie's Cupboard, located in the Campus Center, is fully stocked with meats, chicken and fish, along with many other nutritious food items. During the pandemic, all orders can be made online by registering for an account and adding items to your cart.
Arnie's Cupboard serves all students, faculty, and staff, and their households.
Feel free to order what you need. For spring break, Arnie’s Cupboard recommends placing your order as soon as possible this week and order enough for the next several weeks to be sure you have what you need.
SNAP eligibility extension
The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021, temporarily expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility to include students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education, who either:
Are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work study during the regular school year, as determined by the institution of higher education
Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 in the current academic year.
If you are a student that meets one of the two criteria outlined above and you meet current SNHAP eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to SNAP benefits. SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the purchases of healthy food.
For Massachusetts residents, please visit the Massachusetts SNAP Benefits website to apply.
The new, temporary exemptions will be in effect until 30 days after the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted.
USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program
In response to the growth of food insecurity caused by the pandemic, the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation (MMSF) was selected to distribute food from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers to Families program. The program serves all families who are facing food insecurity with Food Boxes that contain 32 pounds of perishable and nonperishable food items including fresh fruits and vegetables, and dairy and meat products.
On the SouthCoast, the Distribution Center is in New Bedford at 1331 Cove Road.
The Center is open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on:
- March 6, 2021
- March 13, 2021
- March 20, 2021
- April 3, 2021
Visit the Farmers to Families Food Box program website for more information.