Student Food Program


NOVA offers food pantries on each of our six campuses. The NOVA food pantries exist to provide food and basic necessities to NOVA students, and at some campuses, faculty and staff, at no cost. With the rise in cost of living in the DC Metro area, it has become increasingly challenging for students to juggle jobs, families, and money worries, all while working to obtain their degree. For some students, tight finances can lead to difficult decisions about whether to reduce spending on food or housing or other basic needs in order to remain in school. The mission of the NOVA food pantries is to help ease these difficult decisions by providing easy, on-campus access to food and other community resources.

We are a proud member of the College and University Food Bank Alliance ( and partner of the Capital Area Food Bank ( and Loudoun Hunger Relief (

I’m interested in Volunteering

We are always looking for interested and self-motivated individuals to join our cause as volunteers in fighting hunger insecurity at NOVA. Volunteers receive training in coordinating each campus pantry, which may involve daily operations training, inventory processes, and training organizing fundraising/food drive efforts. Each NOVA campus operates its own group of volunteers, and interested persons can indicate interest in volunteering by submitting the following form.


The NOVA food pantries are always in need of food donations. All of what we are able to provide at each pantry is based on the donations of our school and local community. The easiest way to donate is to become a Food Ambassador through our Green NOVA Bag Program. However, additional donations are always accepted at your campus pantry.

Items of Need

  • Non-Perishable Canned Protein (Cans of tuna, chicken and beans, jarred peanut and almond butter)
  • Non-Perishable Canned Meals (Canned Soups, Chili, Stew, Pasta Sauce, Mac & Cheese)
  • Canned Fruits & Vegetables
  • Dry Goods
  • Granola Bars, Cereals, Crackers, Pasta, Rice
  • Grab-and-Go Food (Cups/Bowls of Soup/Mac and Cheese, Granola Bars, Packets of Oatmeal
  • Plastic/paper plates, bowls, utensils


  • Toothpaste, Tooth Brushes, Soap, Feminine Products, Shampoo, and Conditioner, Laundry Products, Diapers


The Financial Stability Program can connect you to long term food resources that will help to offset your living costs. Think of this as another form of Financial Aid, which many NOVA students access to support their educational goals. Students who meet the eligibility requirements for SNAP are automatically entitled to receive these financial supports through the county in which they reside.

SNAP can be used like cash to buy eligible food items from authorized retailers. Authorized retailers will display either the Quest logo or a picture of a Virginia EBT card.

Use the SNAP Retailer Locator ( and find stores around you that accept SNAP benefits.

A SNAP account is established for eligible households and automatic deposits are made into the account each month. To access the account, they will also receive an EBT Card, which will debit the account each time eligible food items are purchased. A secret Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required to use the card.

Set up an appointment to see if you are eligible or apply for benefits with one of our Resource Navigators at

Other resources available through the same application can include:

  • Child Care Services
  • Energy Assistance (Fuel, Crisis, or Cooling)
  • Health Care Coverage (Families & Children)
  • Temporary Cash Assistance

Use your SNAP benefits at your local farmers market! (

Many farmers markets are now able to accept your SNAP benefits so that you can purchase fresh, local fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, eggs and more for your family. Food from the farmers market is locally grown, good for your family’s health, and tastes delicious. Visit your local farmers market and experience the difference in yourself.