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Food Assistance

Badger Food Assistance Resource for Emergencies (FARE) connects students who are dealing with temporary and/or ongoing food insecurity with campus and community resources for long-term support, while providing them with funds that they can immediately use to purchase food on campus. Badger FARE provides students with a $25 meal card for the Unions and information on long-term resources. There is no application for students to complete and the gift card amount does not need to be repaid. Students struggling to afford food can connect with the following campus personnel to obtain the $25 meal card:

UHS Care Management: Beth Adamsk
Adult Career and Special Student Services: Autumn Sanchez and Martin Rouse
Transfer Engagement Center (Room 110 of the Middleton Building): Shelby Knuth and Tracy Mores 
Dean of Students Office: Kate Dougherty
Financial Aid: Greg Offerman
Multicultural Student Center: Gabe Javier
LGBT Campus Center: Katherine Charek Briggs
Engineering Student Services: Megan Schreiber and Nancy Hansen

Basic Needs support offers dedicated resources to assist students in gaining access to food, housing, and insurance to promote overall wellness while attending UW-Madison. We have Basic Needs Assistants ready to support in getting students connected to resources including programs such as Foodshare and Badgercare, as well as getting connected to different food pantry’s or other resources.

Students can sign-up for an appointment with one of our Basic Needs Assistants (Jazmine Sales or Micaela Salas) via Starfish in MyUW or by contacting us directly at or 608-262-3060.