We provide trauma-informed meetings with students to assist with accessing resources to meet their basic needs. This can include food, clothing, toiletries, and menstrual products and assess individual situations to determine what resources and benefits are available. We also create educational events to reduce stigma and inform the campus community about accessing benefits.

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Food Insecurity

Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry is located in the Welcome Center, room 165. You’ll want to enter through the courtyard behind the Welcome Center building. Anyone is welcome to visit the Food Pantry.

The hours for the Food Pantry change depending on the term and volunteer availability. Visit the Food Pantry website for additional information: https://wou.edu/foodpantry/

SNAP Benefit Assistance

The COVID relief bill passed in December 2020 expanded SNAP eligibility for college students–allowing more students to qualify without meeting work requirements. Students can now qualify for SNAP if they:

  • Are eligible for work-study (students do not need to have a work-study position or award)
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 on FAFSA

Visit the Food Pantry SNAP Assistance FAQ for more information: https://wou.edu/foodpantry/faq/#snap-assistance

Reach out to the Basic Needs Coordinator if you have questions regarding the process or need help applying by emailing abbyshouse@mail.wou.edu

Money for Meals

Money For Meals, previously known as the Voucher Program, is a service for WOU students experiencing high need or distress who cannot fully meet their needs at the Food Pantry. This program is for WOU students only, and you are able to use Money For Meals once per term while you are a student at WOU. Visit Abby’s House in the Werner University Center and ask for the Basic Needs Coordinator to access Money for Meals.

Clothing and Hygiene Products

Stitch Closet 

Our Stitch Closet is located in the Welcome Center, room 165, where the Food Pantry is also located. You’ll want to enter through the courtyard behind the Welcome Center building. Anyone is welcome to visit the Stitch Closet.

The hours for the Stitch Closet are the same as the Food Pantry’s. Hours change depending on the term and volunteer availability. Visit the Stitch Closet website for additional information: https://wou.edu/stitch-closet/

Travel and Full-Sized Toiletries

Abby’s House offers both travel and full-sized hygiene products available for WOU students and community members to utilize. Items we often have in stock are shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and lotions. In addition to toiletries, we also have free condoms. Visit Abby’s House and ask us what we have available!

Menstrual Products

In addition to toiletries and hygiene products, Abby’s House additionally offers menstrual products. We most often carry varying sizes of tampons and pads, though we also have menstrual disks and cups as supply lasts. 

We are able to meet with you one time to help with immediate needs, or if you’d like more support, we can schedule ongoing meetings to check in and support you with ongoing needs.

Confidentiality does not apply when disclosure of information is necessary to stop harm to the individual reporting or to a child.