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Food assistance

Free food assistance for UOW Students (Food+ with Care Project)

We’ve got free pantry packs for current UOW students.It’s all about providing you with a little food assistance during these times when we are not together on campus.

Packs include a range of grocery items, fruits and vegetables, pantry items and cooked meals.

This is all down to the generosity of UOW staff as well as members and organisations in the wider UOW community.

Where to collect your pack

Wollongong campus

The Free Food for Students Market will be moving to an adjusted schedule over the summer break.

Come and join us at the Free Food for Students Market in front of the UniHall from 9.30 am on the dates below:

  • Saturday 5 December
  • Saturday 19 December
  • Saturday 23 January

If you need urgent food assistance between these dates, please get in contact with us through student-programs@uow.edu.au to organise alternative arrangements. 

More information on accessing low cost and free meals can also be found through the Fair Food Directory or through Wollongong City Council.

Sydney campuses

Keep an eye on your UOW email to find out how to register to access a pantry pack, or email student-programs@uow.edu.au for more information.

Food+ with Care Project

Due to the incredible generosity of UOW and UOW Pulse staff, students, as well as the wider UOW community, UOW’s Food+ with Care Project has donated pantry packs to over 4000 students in need across Wollongong and Sydney.

Sarah: The food initiative started as a weekly opportunity to just provide students with a grocery bag of food. It's now what's called the Food+ with Care project, and it's supported by UOW staff, UOW Pulse staff, community, students and our community partners.
So we're providing pantry items and fresh fruit and vegetables every week so that they can actually go top up their supplies that they might have or also feed themselves for a week.
Thanks to the collaborative nature of this project, we've been able to support over 4000 students across those 18 weeks, both in Sydney and in Wollongong.
When you get to actually volunteer on a Saturday, it's so lovely. You get to chat with students and they're just so grateful. They just love to see the faces of UOW staff. They know that we care, and it's been really, really amazing.
Because it's such a big problem and such a needy cause, no one organisation has the resources to do this. So it really has taken the people power of staff, community and our students and community organisations to support our less fortunate students.

Contribute to the food assistance initiative

Thanks to the continued support and donations from across the University and wider community. Together we’ve provided over 4000 instances with UOW students so far based in Sydney and Wollongong across all faculties.

Make a contribution to the COVID Student Hardship Fund

A contribution to the COVID Student Hardship Fund assists in purchasing and providing pantry stables and food for our students. Find out more, or make a contribution.

Purchase a pantry pack from IGA

Facilitated by UOW Pulse, IGA on campus in Wollongong are offering their pantry packs for sale (which include a range of non-perishable pantry items). These packs cost $20, and will be delivered to the donation point in Building 11, and can be purchased by transferring funds to the following:

  • Account name: UOW Pulse
  • BSB: 082886
  • Account number: 037973092
  • Reference: IGA + your name
  • Cost: $20 per pack

To make it easy, IGA (UniShop) will deliver these packs to Building 11 on your behalf. IGA on campus have been an incredible supporter of this project and have been supplying these packs at cost. Thank you so much to the IGA team for their support and generosity.

Donations of non-perishable food items/toiletries

Donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries are being distributed to Wollongong-based students each Saturday morning on campus. If you’d like to add a few extra items to your trolley on your next grocery shop just drop your donation off to the donation point at the Student Life counter on Level 1 in Building 11 or at Business Central (in Sydney or Wollongong) between 9am and 4pm.

Items such as rice, long life milk, pasta, oil, pasta sauce, sanitary items, tinned fruits and vegetables are really appreciated.

Write a ‘message of hope’

Write a message of good wishes and encouragement that will be printed and put into a pantry pack shared with students. This is a wonderful way to let the students know that you’re thinking of them.

This can be emailed to student-programs@uow.edu.au

Volunteer your time to the Food+ with Care Project

We’re looking for volunteers to help out with the food distribution to students in need during October.

You don’t have to make a regular commitment, a one-off shift will make the world of difference!

UOW Students are also welcome to volunteer their time, which is also recognised through UOWx.

If you would like to volunteer, please email the UOW Student Programs team via student-programs@uow.edu.au or phone 02 4221 5154.

COVID Safe Guidelines for volunteers and students

All volunteers and students are required to adhere to the NSW Health COVID Safe Guidelines. This includes ensuring that you do not attend when you are feeling unwell.

Please get tested and self-report if you have previously attended an event and subsequently fallen ill, even if you unsure if you are COVID positive. Find your nearest COVID-19 testing clinic.

Current public health advice in relation to location alerts for mandatory isolation can be accessed on the NSW Health website.

Please contact the UOW Student Programs Team through the email above if you have any questions or need to report a suspected COVID-19 case.