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Food Assistance

Campus Resources

The Mobile Food Pantry is sponsored by Food for Thought in Toledo and visits Bowling Green once per month. This event is open to any students, staff, faculty, or community members. The mobile pantry provides fresh produce and nonperishable food as well as tips for eating healthy while on a limited budget. An ID is preferred but not required.

BGSU and Food for Thought Mobile Pantry

As the COVID-19 situation unfolds, you may find yourself facing new or additional financial hardships and food insecurity. While the pantry cannot serve food on campus and is not accepting volunteers right now, we want to continue to serve anyone in need by holding a drive-thru mobile food pantry.

The BGSU Center for Public Impact, along with community partners Food for Thought of Toledo, United Way Wood County, and First United Methodist, have co-sponsored this mobile pantry, with many thanks to Huntington Bank. Despite being a drive-thru pantry, if a car is not accessible to you, you can still walk through the pantry, we will always just maintain appropriate social distance from you in addition to the other safety precautions we will already be taking. Read below for details or contact publicimpact@bgsu.edu for questions.

BGSU Mobile Pantry Information

October 27th and November 24th from 2-4pm

1526 East Wooster St, Bowling Green (First United Methodist parking lot)

  • ID recommended, not required
  • Open to any student, staff, faculty or community members
  • No requirements except wanting free healthy food
  • You will drive up to the food pantry/trailer (lining up behind other cars). Then, a volunteer will check you in and explain the process of shopping the pantry. You will stay in your car and a volunteer will ask which food options you would like. When your bags are packed, a volunteer will place the bags in your car and you can exit.
  • Can’t make it to this pantry? Call 2-1-1 or visit bit.ly/39d5KOs to get connected to additional resources.

The Dean of Students emergency assistance programs provide a short-term solution for students who are in need of an immediate meal, housing support, and/or basic needs. If you are experiencing food insecurity, housing insecurity or financial insecurity please feel free to reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students. *Please note that in applying for assistance, the case manager may inquire about the student’s financial aid, meal plan, and long term plan(s) to ensure that the student is will be able to sustain their cost of living.

Click Here for More Information on the Dean of Students Services

Click Here for a Food Assistance Application

Falcon Care Program

Through the dean of Students and Dining Services, the Falcon Care program provides a short-term solution for student in need of an immediate meal. This program limited meal card to be used in the dining halls (The Oaks and Carillon Place). Students can complete a food assistance application or go to the Office of the Dean of Students. The success of this program is based on the generosity of BGSU students. Students can donate one swipe per week at The Oaks or Carillon Place at the cashier’s station.

Grab-N-Go Food Bag Program

This program provides a student facing food insecurity with a bag of groceries to sustain them for 3 days. The bag contains three days’ worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Students can complete a food assistance application or by coming to the Office of the Dean of Students.

Click Here for Grab-N-Go Bag Contents

Basic Needs Assistance Program

This program can provide students with toiletries, clothing vouchers to a local business, laundry cards, feminine hygiene products, and other basic toiletries.

Please note that this is based on availability and need. Please call the Office of the Dean of Students 419-372-2843 and schedule a meeting with the case manager to obtain this assistance.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund provides one-time financial support award of up to $500 to currently enrolled BGSU students who are in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA) and experience accidents, illnesses, financial hardships, or other emergency situations that jeopardize their continuation as students. 

Eligibility

  1. Be a currently enrolled BGSU student
  2. In good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA)
  3. Experiencing an emergency situation that if not resolved can impede on a student’s ability to matriculate
 
 
 

 

BGSU has many fun and free events that provide food. The Dean of Students has created a way for students to search for these events. Click here to find events with free food.

 

Mr. Agne's Career Collection is "free thrift shop" that provides students from all colleges with professional attire for job fairs, interviews and new careers. University students can get one free outfit per year while they are active students at Bowling Green State University. Apparel Merchandising and Product Development students use their skills in a real-world setting by staffing the shop, helping to manage the inventory, and by styling student clients to reach the best professional appearance for job fairs, interviews and careers. To schedule an appointment, contact careercollection@bgsu.edu or visit their website.

Community Resources

419 Gould St. Suite 6 | 419-353-5174

To reach the pantry follow Lehman Avenue and turn onto access road right next to railroad tracks. The pantry is in the gray building on your left with signage on the door. This food pantry accepts students with a referral. Students can receive a referral from the Dean of Students' office or through Dani Haynes the student case manager in BTSU 301. They are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 1-3pm and Thursdays 6-8pm. Students can come once every two months. 

LEARN MORE about BG Food Pantry

530 Sand Ridge Rd | 419-960-5345

The Brown Bag Food Project is a local non-profit that seeks to address issues of food insecurity in Wood County, Ohio.  The organization provides individuals with a supply of food to help meet their immediate food needs along with a resource guide to help connect people to additional community resources for long term support. They are located at 530 Sand Ridge Rd, Bowling Green, Ohio, and are normally open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

LEARN MORE about the Brown Bag Food Project

1526 E. Wooster | 419-353-0682

Main pass out is the first Friday of the month 10am - 11:30am. Office staff members are willing to distribute food as needed for individuals who visit and express need. During the academic year, the church office is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm. 1 bag per household and you can only come one time per month.

LEARN MORE about the First United Methodist Church food distribution

 315 S College Drive | 419-353-9305

During the school year St. Mark’s offers a free hot meal on Wednesdays at 6pm. You can also volunteer to help serve.

LEARN MORE about St. Mark's Community Meal

 425 Thurstin Ave. | 419-352-7555

The weekly distribution days are Tuesday and Thursday 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Individuals are asked to sign that they meet income requirements, but no proof is needed.

LEARN MORE about St. Thomas Moore Food Pantry

  • Assist with electrical, utility, and medical prescriptions.
  • Help people obtain birth certificates
  • Have an intake form that requires individuals to list their income, employment, and employee information.
  • Help is capped at $450 per family per year
You can call 419-353-9305 or use the contact form below.
 

National Programs

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as food stamps, is a federal assistance program based on need. This tool will help determine if you are eligible for SNAP benefits. This tool is not an application for SNAP benefits.

Find out if you qualify here

Find out about the application here