Hungry Greener Voucher Program

Fighting food insecurity at Evergreen

Half of all U.S. college students face insecurity about reliable access to food, especially affordable and nutritious food. If you're an Evergreen student concerned about where you will get your next meal, apply for the Hungry Greener Meal Voucher Program.

You could be eligible for limited funds to use confidentially in The Greenery with your student ID card. Because the block meals will appear on your ID card, others will not know that your meals have been donated.

Apply for free meal credits


To receive meals using this program you must:

  • Be a currently enrolled Olympia Evergreen student
  • Not have ready access to money with which to buy food
  • Have fewer than 5 meals on your dining account and/or have no dining account
  • Be aware of the Basic Needs Center in the CAB and aware the Evergreen Food Bank
  • Be aware of financial resources on campus such as the Financial Aid Office

Time frame

You can apply for Hungry Greener meal credits between weeks 3 and 9 of each quarter.

Details of use

Eligible students may receive a maximum of 5 block meal credits per quarter (based on availability). If your application is approved, your meal credits will be added to your student ID to use in The Greenery.

Any Hungry Greener voucher meal credits left unused at the end of three weeks will be transferred back to the program for other students in need. 

Donate to the Hungry Greener program

Any community member with a meal plan can donate starting week 2 of each quarter.

Campus residents with required meal plans may donate:

  • Two block meals per quarter
  • A maximum of $50 Dining Bucks per quarter
  • Any guest passes on your dining account

College employees with a Staff/Faculty meal plan may donate:

  • As many block meals as you choose
  • As many Dining Bucks as you choose
  • Any guest passes on your dining account

Other food resources

Evergreen is proud to be a satellite site for the Thurston County Food Bank. On-campus distributions take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Visit the Evergreen Food Bank website for information and updates about location, hours and more.

The college also has shelf-stable food pantry offerings at the following locations:

  • The Basic Needs Center by appointment (CAB 135)
  • Housing Community Center (HCC)
  • Police Services (Sem I, ground floor)

Program Background

This program was piloted in the Fall of 2017 and is a collaborative effort with the Food Systems Working Group, ARAMARK, and Residential and Dining Services (RAD)

The Hungry Greener program is modeled after WSU's “Cougs feeding Cougs.”  

Need More Help?

Make an appointment with Evergreen's Financial Aid Office to learn more about the options and resources available to you.