Food and Related Resources for Graduate Students
Brown University Resources
Emergency Funding (including Meal Gap)
Students experiencing acute food need can apply for support through the Graduate School’s E-Gap applications. For students in residence in Providence, credits for on-campus meals through the Meal Gap program (meal credits) may be provided for short-term, immediate needs. This form of support, the number of meals, and the period of time over which they will be provided will be determined on an individual basis after discussion between the student and Associate Dean. Because each student’s situation is different, there is no standard for when or how many meal credits are provided.
More detailed information about meal credits can be found on the Emergency Funding Programs webpage.
Emergency funding applications can be found in UFunds under ‘Graduate Student E-Gap Funds’. Students can expect to receive a response to their application within 2-3 business days. Funding is limited, but is open through the semester.
Blue Room Grab & Go
Order food through the GET mobile app or portal. You must use Bear Bucks to pay. You can add funds to your Bear Bucks accounts with most major credit cards.
Bear Market Food Exchange Pantry
This small food exchange/pantry shelf is stocked by donations of non-perishable goods from the Brown community, and supplemented monthly by the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life.
Opt-In Channel on Free Food: a daily message listing free food events at Brown.
Brown Market Shares and Produce in the Park by BMSP
Seasonal. Brown Market Shares, which has also partnered with Partnership for Providence Parks, runs market shares programs for fresh local produce distributed weekly, with full-cost shares and subsidized shares by application.
Project Hand Up
This program helps working people and those who receive a monthly check to shop for groceries, toiletries, and over-the-counter medication. During COVID-19, they are doing curbside pick-up of 3 bags of pre packaged groceries for $6 (1 bag of non perishable food, bread & pastry, 1 bag of fruits & veggies, & 1 bag of frozen, dairy & meat if they have it). Located in West Warwick, open 2:30-5:30 pm on: Tuesdays for last names beginning with A-K, Wednesdays for 55 and older, and Thursdays for last names beginning with L-Z.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP)
Students who may be eligible include parents and non-stipended students who are also working for pay at least 20 hours per week and are under the income limits. Many other graduate students are likely not eligible, as students enrolled at least half-time at an institution of higher education are ineligible for SNAP, unless they meet one of the exceptions.
Active Food Pantries
Pantries on the East Side, Providence
- Camp Street Ministries Pantry. 190 1/2 Camp Street, Providence, RI 02906. (401) 302-3973. Providence residents; Guests can visit weekly; Handicapped Accessible
- First Unitarian Church Pantry. 1 Benevolent Street , Providence RI 02906. (401) 457-7149 Handicapped Accessible.
- Our Lady of the Rosary Pantry. 17 Traverse Street, Providence, RI 02903 (401) 453-0174. Serves guests monthly.
- JCS-Louis and Goldie Chester Full Plate Kosher Pantry. 1165 North Main Street, 1st Floor. Providence, RI 02904. (401) 621-5374. Pantry is for guests who require kosher diets; guests can visit 2x/month; street parking; Handicapped Accessible.
Refri is a community resource for anyone facing food insecurity. It is filled by local farmers, food organizations, and individuals. It is located at 705 Westminster Street, Providence, RI, outside of New Urban Arts.
Accessing Affordable Food Options
On Call Shuttle
The On-Call Shuttle will do pick-ups and drop-offs at a number of food and grocery stores, including East Side Marketplace, Stop & Shop, and Walmart.
RIPTA buses are free to all Brown ID card holders.
- 92 Bus: East Side Marketplace (165 Pittman St, East Side, Providence)
- 58 Bus: Stop & Shop (33 W River St, Providence)
- 57 Bus: Aldi (539 Smith St, Providence)
- 92 Bus: PriceRite (325 Valley Street, Providence)
- 31, 18, 19, and 17 Buses: Urban Greens Co-Op Food Market (93 Cranston St, West Side, Providence)
- 35 Bus: Market Basket (1200 Newport Ave, East Providence/Attleboro)
- 20, and R Bus: 8-10 minute walk to Good Fortune Asian Supermarket (101 Cadillac Dr, Providence)
- 72 Bus: Walmart (51 Silver Spring, Providence)
- 92 Bus and Little Rhody Bus: 5 minute walk to Farm Fresh RI Farmer’s Market, including winter market (10 Sims Ave, Providence).
East Side Marketplace (Fox Point, Pitman St, Providence), affiliated with Stop & Shop: Students receive a 5% discount everyday.
Students experiencing urgent financial need can apply for support through the Graduate School’s E-Gap Funds. Applications can be found in UFunds, under ‘Graduate Student E-Gap Funds’.
Brown University Short-Term Loan Program is a zero interest loan of $500 made available to students to assist in emergencies.
- Eligible students may complete the Short Term Loan Request Form.
- Setup an eRefund Profile at payment.brown.edu in order to receive the funds electronically.
Learn more About Emergency Funding Programs
Master’s students (non-MFA) can find information about additional types of aid (e.g. loans) through the Office of Financial Aid.
- The Graduate Student’s Guide to Personal Finance Webinar (11/19/20)
- Financial Planning and Budgeting for Graduate Students (10/17/19)
- Financial Planning and Budgeting for Graduate Students- Recording (10/17/19)
- Financial Planning and Budgeting for Graduate Students- Slides (10/17/19)
- Brown Graduate Community Fellows Cooking Classes- Burrito Bowls
- 8 Health foods for less
- Eating out and cooking on a budget
- How Much Should You Spend On Groceries?
- Grocery shopping hacks
- Tips for planning meals
- Rich in flavor, not in cost: 10 easy recipes to try