Support and Initiatives

Student Success Pantry

Looking for a few food items to get you through the week? The Pantry, located inside the Office of Student Success, has you covered! There is a variety of shelf-stable food, from grab-and-go options to items you can bring home and cook. You’ll also find a variety of personal care items such as shampoo, toothpaste, and soap. Everything is free! There is no application, but the Pantry operates on an honor system: take what you will use if you are in need, and give back at some point if you are able!

The Student Success food pantry is open again for walk-in visits! Located at 120 Boylston St. (Walker Building) Suite 211, Our office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Important notes for pantry visitors:

  1. Social distancing and face coverings are required while in the pantry.
  2. Please use hand sanitizer before touching items on the shelves.
  3. Please do your best not to leave items behind that you have touched. We understand you may need to read ingredient labels, etc, and that is of course fine, we just need to reduce the odds of multiple people touching the same item wherever we can.
  4. Students who utilize the pantry will receive outreach from our office offering additional support. You are not in any way obligated to respond! We just want to make sure you are aware of all options available to you.

We want to do our best to provide what you need. If you have suggestions for future food or personal care item purchases for our stock, please feel free to tell us! You can email suggestions to studentsuccess [at] emerson.edutitle="E-mail studentsuccess [at] emerson.edu"!

Off-Campus Student Support

Dining Hall Meal Swipes

Off-campus students can request meal swipes using the following form: Meal Swipes Request Form

Boston-Area Food Resources

  • Greater Boston Food Bank has an excellent resource to help you to find food assistance in or near your neighborhood.
  • The Mayor's Office of Food Access works to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy food in Boston. We want everyone to have access to nutritious food. That food should be affordable, easy to find, and reflect the many cultures of our City. Our goal is to create food-secure communities with vibrant and inclusive food cultures. We want to reflect the diversity of the residents of Boston.
  • Please visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access for more information.

Student Assistance Fund

The Student Assistance Fund makes small awards to help eligible students with indirect costs of attendance such as books, printing and copying costs, film, developing, other required course supplies, personal items, transportation, and food. This fund was established primarily through the generous support of Emerson staff and faculty members, demonstrating their commitment to the success of Emerson students inside and outside the classroom.

Student Assistance Fund (SAF) award amounts generally range in value from $10 to a few hundred dollars. Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students may apply. Applicants must indicate the specific purpose(s) of their request, including item(s) and estimated costs, in the short online application.

Applications are accepted throughout the year from currently enrolled students. Every attempt will be made to provide a response to applicants as quickly as possible. Depending on circumstances and the nature of the request, it may take up to several weeks for the funds to be awarded. SAF award values are added to a student's financial aid package for the semester in which they are used.

Apply to the Student Assistance Fund (SAF)

Students' financial need is reviewed in determining eligibility. Due to limited funding, not all students who apply will be awarded funds.

  • Go to the SFS Portal (Complete Duo Push after clicking the link)
  • In the Supplement Funding Application section, click on the purple “Student Assistance Fund” button
  • When the new page opens, follow the instructions to complete and submit the form

Apply to the SAF

Donate to the SAF

If you would like to make a donation to the Student Assistance Fund, please click below. 100% of contributions to the Student Assistance Fund are distributed directly to students. (Make sure that you click "Student Assistance Fund" from the list of possible scholarships.) We welcome gifts of any amount and offer our sincere thanks in advance for your support of Emerson's students!

Donate to the SAF

The Student Assistance Fund is here to help eligible students who demonstrate financial need with funds for grocery store gift cards, free meal swipes at the Dining Center, or a meal plan. studentsuccess [at] emerson.edu (Contact the Office of Student Success)title="Contact the Office of Student Success" to learn more about applying and other ways the Student Assistance Fund may be able to help you.

How to Help

There are plenty of ways for students, faculty, and staff to support our Food Access Initiatives. Here are some suggestions:

  • Donate a Meal Swipe: Students with meal plans can choose to donate one guest swipe per semester to the free meal swipe program. Swipes can only be donated during a designated week early in the semester. Look for the donation table at the Dining Center!
  • Donate: The Pantry in the Office of Student Success could always use a little help! Simply bring any shelf-stable food items, unopened personal care items, or new seasonal clothing items (gloves, hats, etc.) to our office during regular business hours. 
    Additionally, faculty and staff donations to the Student Assistance Fund are always greatly appreciated. To learn more about how you can help students in financial need access food, resources, and more, please visit the donation page.