Food Security Resources
Pop-Up Food Kits
Enrollment and Student Services is partnering with Dining Services to give out meal kits at a pop-up food pantry on Wednesday May 13th, 2020 from 12-2pm at the entrance to Viking Commons. There will be a pop-up every Wednesday, from May 6th, 2020 to June 10th, 2020 at 12-2 PM at the Viking Commons Entrance. The meal kits are free when you show your student ID. Plus, they are zero contact – we will have bags out on tables for you to come by, grab a bag, and keep going. One bag per student. If any students are unable to attend this pop-up food kit distribution, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an alternative date/time.
In order to support the health and safety of yourself and others, please stay home if you are sick. Please follow these safety guidelines at pick-up:
- If there is a line, please follow marks on the pavement indicating safe distancing.
- If you have a mask, please wear it – and be sure to wash your hands, plastic containers, and clothes once you get home.
For disability accommodations, please contact email@example.com. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found on Western’s Disability Access Center website and the AS Disability Outreach Center.
Emergency Financial Resources
WWU Student Emergency Fund
Sustainable communities provide encouragement and support, in triumphs and challenges, through collaborations that make a meaningful differences in everyone’s lives. Our community is in just such a challenge right now, and we will persevere together by helping each other. The Western Washington University Foundation is utilizing its crowdfunding platform, VikingFunder, to support the Student Emergency Fund in response to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. If you want to support at-risk Western Washington University students, please make a donation. Your gift will directly benefit students by providing relief for financial hardships such as:
- Housing and food insecurity
- Travel expenses related to returning home
- Technology needs to ensure students can access virtual learning
- Scholarship support for tuition and fees
Thank you for supporting the educational and financial needs of Western students. If you are a student in need of support during this challenging time, you can apply to the Student Emergency Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to alleviate or minimize an unforeseen financial barrier, including financial emergencies related to COVID‐19.
Emergency Loan Program
Western’s short term emergency loan remains available to assist with short-term cash-flow challenges (rent, groceries, etc.). The application is available on the Financial Aid department webpage and the $5 loan fee will be waived due to COVID-19.
What Can I Do to Help?
- Stay home as much as possible, especially if you feel any symptoms
- Wash your hands well and often
- Reach out to the people around you; social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation
- Look for opportunities to support people and businesses in your neighborhood and community who may be struggling
- Donate to the Student Emergency Fund to help fellow students in need