Our goal is to provide access to healthy food options for students and raise awareness about resources that are available at Brandeis and within the Greater Waltham community.
The Brandeis Food Pantry is currently providing FRESH Grab N Go and FRESH Express programs, working closely with Healthy Waltham to provide resources while we determine the best way to ensure the safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FRESH Grab N Go
We are excited to offer the ‘FRESH Grab n Go’ program on campus, which provides free, consistent access to non-perishable food resources and hygiene products for students. Students can pick up pre-assembled bags, weekly from noon - 6pm, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Available items will vary from week to week. However, you can expect many of your kitchen staples to be included.
To access FRESH Grab n Go, please register for your customized bag. You will then be able to pick up your bag at Shapiro Campus Center 315 on campus. The bags will contain a variety of non-perishable items and will weigh an estimated 10-20 pounds.
Before you can come to campus to pick up your bag, you are required to follow current COVID-19 protocols. This includes proof of a yellow or green passport color, which will be checked by a staff member at time of pick up. You must have also completed the FRESH Grab n Go registration form.
When you fill out the registration form, please indicate what day and time you anticipate coming to pick up your resource bag. If the times listed do not work for you, you have the option to indicate a different time on the form that does work, and we will do our best to provide access.
FRESH Express Delivery - Next Delivery (5/14)
We are excited to offer our FRESH Express Food Delivery program every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month!
***Our deadline to register is every 2nd and 4th Thursday, 7pm EST if interested in receiving a delivery.***
FRESH will be making a delivery to students ONLY IN THE LOWER WALTHAM area, to include limited perishable items (likely to be fresh vegetables) & 20-30 pounds of an assortment of non-perishable items. These deliveries will be dropped off to the recipients' place of residence according to a non-contact, drop off policy. Please carefully complete the registration form, making sure you double check that your address in entered correctly.
Healthy Waltham Food Distributions
On the 2nd, 4th, 5th Thursday of every month, in partnership with F.R.E.S.H., Healthy Waltham hosts a community food distribution for the local Waltham community. This resource is open to all local community members. More information about the community food distribution can be found on the Healthy Waltham website.
The following links provide useful information about local resources available to Waltham community members.
- Welcome Home - Local Clothing & Home Goods Pantry
- Student Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - (Only Domestic Students may be eligible - please check SNAP site for more details)
Beginning on Jan. 16, 2021, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 temporarily expanded SNAP eligibility to include students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education, who meet eligibility criteria, as defined by SNAP (see SNAP website).
'Off the Beaten Path' Food Pantry Fundraiser
The Brandeis food pantry is teaming up with Three Squares New England to participate in the organization's eighth annual Ride for Food event, "Off the Beaten Path." The fundraiser will run through Oct. 18 to support the fight against food insecurity in New England. Our goal is to engage our community members in a fun, active event and raise money for the efforts at Brandeis University to provide more access to healthier food options, personal hygiene items and other additional resources such as donated clothing. Many thanks to those of you that contributed towards this effort. We look forward to participating in next year's event!
Warner Farms Community Supported Agriculture
Free Food Notifications
- Have extra food at your event, or struggling to find free food? Join the Brandeis Free Food Facebook group to post and receive updates about free food on campus.
- Subscribe to the Free Food at Brandeis listserv and receive emails about free-food events on campus.