Non-Academic Supports Specific to Student-Parents

Below you will find postsecondary examples of campus non-academic supports specifically helpful to parenting students like food pantries that supply diapers and wipes; clothing closets that stock children's clothing; programs that provide gift cards for basic needs in exchange for participation; and institutions that supply toys and books to student-parents. After the examples, various resources are listed with guidance on starting a campus food pantry, holding a diaper or children's items drive, and launching a clothing closet.



Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College provides parenting students that participate in its Student Family Support Center program with incentives like gas cards, grocery cards, bookstore gift certificates, and Walmart gift cards.

Los Angeles Valley College 

Los Angeles Valley College's Family Resource Center offers parenting students access to a food pantry, free school supplies, and a child clothing exchange.

Palo Alto College

Among other non-academic supports, Palo Alto College partners with the Texas Diaper Bank to provide students with a monthly supply of diapers and wipes. Parenting classes, such as toilet-training courses, are also available.

North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University Feed the Pack food pantry stocks baby products in addition to food staples.

Portland State University

Portland State University's Services for Students with Children established a clothing closet with children's clothes of all styles and sizes specifically for parenting students.

University of California - Berkeley

U.C. Berkeley's Bear Pantry offers parenting students food and diaper assistance. The university partners with a local diaper bank and can provide students with 50 free diapers per month.

University of California - Davis

The Women's Resources and Research Center at U.C. Davis established a Student Parent Closest with free diapers, wipes, nursing pads, and other parenting student supplies.

Washington State University

Washington State University's Rosario's Place food pantry offers student-parents gently used clothing for children five and younger, books, small toys, diapering products, and limited baby gear.

William & Mary

William & Mary facilitates a Diaper Outreach Program through the university's Healthy Beginnings Project.



Be Undivided

Read Be Undivided's process for opening and managing a new clothes closet.

College & University Food Bank Alliance

Review the College & University Food Bank Alliance's Running a Campus Food Pantry Toolkit.

Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona

Scan the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona's 101 Diaper Drive Ideas handout.

National Diaper Bank Network

View the National Diaper Bank Network's webinar on how to start a diaper bank.
Look through the National Diaper Bank Network's Diaper Drive Toolkit.

Pregnant on Campus Initiative

Check out the Pregnant on Campus Initiative's guide to holding a baby item drive.

Ten Rivers Food Web

Read Ten Rivers Food Web's how-to manual on starting a campus food pantry.

The Hope Center

Read The Hope Center's Campus Food Pantries: Insights from a National Survey report.

United Way

Find tips on how to host a baby supply drive through United Way's Community Baby Shower initiative.

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