VSU CARES Food and Funding

VSU CARES - Funding

Assistance is awarded to students who have demonstrated a need for temporary financial assistance. Priority consideration will be given to students whose future at Valdosta State University may be in jeopardy. Each assistance cannot exceed $500.

  • ELIGIBILITY

    Eligible students must have exhausted all other forms of financial assistance, including federal loans. Applicants must be a current degree-seeking student at Valdosta State University. VSU Cares assistance is designed for students with temporary financial needs and are usually only awarded once during their Valdosta State University experience.

  • APPLICATION PROCESS

    1. Complete the VSU Cares online application. Please note, the Office of the Dean of Students will confirm that all financial aid options have been exhausted before considering each application. 
    2. Once the application is submitted, a member of the Student Affairs Office will reach out to you to provide support and resources available.  (NOTE: The outreach will be within 24 university business hours - M-Thurs. from 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) 
    3. If you need food assistance sooner than 24 hrs., please contact Niki Turley at 293-6203 for access to the Drop-n-Shop Food Pantry during normal university business hours.
    4. Questions about your application?  Send them to vsucares@valdosta.edu.
  • GUIDELINES

    • Must be a current degree-seeking student at Valdosta State University, who has exhausted all available financial aid
    • May only be eligible to receive assistance once (except in extreme cases and at the discretion of the Dean of Students)
    • The Dean of Students will review all applications and will either approve or deny the applications
    • It may take up to three weeks after approval for the assistance funds to be released to the student
Complete Application

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Swipe Out Hunger

In partnership with Auxiliary Services and SGA, the following programs are provided to support any student experiencing hunger and food insecurity. 

NEED SWIPES

  1. Complete and submit the VSU Cares online application. 
  2. Once the application is submitted, a member of the Student Affairs Office will reach out to you to provide support and resources available.  (NOTE: The outreach will be within 24 university business hours - M-Thurs. from 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) 
  3. If you need food assistance sooner than 24 hrs., please contact Niki Turley at 293-6203 for access to the Drop-n-Shop Food Pantry during normal university business hours.
  4. Questions about your application?  Send them to vsucares@valdosta.edu.

DONATE SWIPES

During donation drives, students, faculty, or staff with a meal plan, can donate dining hall meal swipes to other students in need.  SGA just finished a meal swipe donation drive that collected 920 meal swipes that will be donated to students this semester. Be on the lookout for emails about future donation drives.

JUST NEED A MEAL OR TWO

Meal pass to Palms Dining Hall.  If you or a friend need a meal, please stop by the Student Leadership & Volunteer Services Office (3rd floor of the Student Union, suite 3118). Mention the Palms guest meal ticket and one of our staff members will be happy to assist. You must be a full-time VSU student, and please bring your OneCard with you.

Meal Plan Scholarship

Currently, funds are being raised to provide need-based meal plan scholarships to students for the fall 2020 semester. If interested in donating to this scholarship, please contact vsucares@valdosta.edu.

 
  • ELIGIBILITY

    Any student who has a food insecurity need can apply.  Students must have exhausted all of their meal swipes (if applicable) for the semester and demonstrate that they have a financial need.  Applicants must be a current degree-seeking student at Valdosta State University.  

  • APPLICATION PROCESS

    1. Complete and submit the VSU Cares online application. 
    2. Once the application is submitted, a member of the Student Affairs Office will reach out to you to provide support and resources available.  (NOTE: The outreach will be within 24 university business hours - M-Thurs. from 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.). 
    3. Completed applications must be received before Friday at noon to be considered for the following week.
  • GUIDELINES

    • Must be a current degree-seeking student at Valdosta State University
    • May be eligible to receive meal swipes or a meal plan scholarship
    • The Office of Student Affairs will review all applications and will either approve or deny the application
    • You will receive a notification in writing of the decision
Complete Application