Western Hub of Living Essentials (WHOLE)
COVID-19 Response Update: Due to the Viking Union closure to the public, we have altered the operation of the AS WHOLE pantry. The AS WHOLE is supporting the operation of the Free Food Pantry Pop-ups.
WWU Associated Students provides an on-campus food pantry for students experiencing food insecurity. The pantry includes non-perishable food; personal care products, such as shampoo and toothpaste; as well as gently used clothing.
- Location: Viking Union 511
- Hours: Mon-Thur 7am-10pm; Fri 7am-11pm; Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 10am-11pm
- No ID required, no questions asked
Interested in supporting WHOLE? Then please consider donating to our VikingFunder!
For more information, contact Karen Deysher, Coordinator for Student Advocacy and Identity Resource Centers, firstname.lastname@example.org or (360)650-2022.
Food Pantry Pop-up
Hungry? Then please pick up a pre-assembled bag of non-perishable food!
- Location: Vendor's Row (in front of Viking Commons)
- Day/Time: Fridays at 2:30-3:30 pm during Spring Quarter 2021
- Contactless pick-up
- Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food options available
- Bring your student ID
To pick up food, students must complete a COVID-19 Symptom Attestation Form on the day of the Pop-up and demonstrate proof of completion upon arrival at the Pop-up. Students can complete the attestation form at https://www.wwu.edu/attest
For disability or allergy accommodations, please contact Dong Vo at 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.
Off-Campus Food Access
The Bellingham Food Bank serves as a hub, connecting neighbors and emergency food providers with a steady supply of nutritious groceries, fresh food, and a smile. Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) has created a resource that details which bus routes go to food bank locations. For additional Whatcom County Food Bank information, please check out:
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called Basic Food in Washington, helps people with a low income through monthly benefits to purchase food. You can apply for benefits online through Washington Connection, or call Opportunity Council at (360)-734-5121 to schedule an application appointment. For more guidance, please check out this application and eligibility resource.
SNAP Market Match, a program previously known as Fresh Bucks, matches Basic Food benefits (SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps) dollar-for-dollar for up to $10 in fresh produce per shopper per day. To get Market Match, you must already have Basic Food benefits. In Whatcom County, SNAP Market Match is available only at the Bellingham Farmers Markets.
The Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides the following services for eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, new mothers, and children under 5 (including foster children and those living with relatives):
- Personalized nutrition and health education for pregnancy and beyond, including information about meal planning and feeding young children;
- Breastfeeding support and resources, including breast pumps;
- Access to certified Registered Dietitians (RDs) and certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) for targeted nutrition and breastfeeding support;
- Food checks to use at your local grocery store for purchasing healthy foods;
- Health screenings and help finding health care, parenting support, child development programs, and social services.