The following community resources are available on and off campus:
  • Campus Pantry - Their mission is to alleviate food hardship among UMD-College Park students, faculty and staff by providing emergency food to UMD students, faculty, and staff in need.
  • Little Free Food Pantry - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (4512 College Avenue, College Park) offers non-perishable food and hygiene items. The box is located beside the church parking lot just off Princeton Avenue.
  • Fostering Terp Success - This is a campuswide community for students who were/are in foster care, are homeless, at risk of being homeless or without a supportive family system. This network of staff, faculty and alumni is committed to removing barriers to and assisting students in accessing essential campus services, navigating challenges and developing self-advocacy and life skills.
  • PG County Department of Social Services - The Prince George's County Department of Social Services help county residents buy healthy foods, pay energy bills and obtain medical assistance. Students are eligible for their services even if considered homeless.
  • Basic Needs Security - If a student has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or lack a safe and stable place to live, and believe this may affect their academic performance, they may go to for information about resources the campus offers.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality - The Center's website provides a list of resources for COVID-19 Mutual Aid and Emergency Funds.
  • No Justice No Pride - This collective of organizers and activists from across the District of Columbia provides housing support for Black Or Brown Trans Persons based in D.C.
  • Financial Support can be found via the Student Crisis Fund, Keep Me Maryland Fund, Office of Student Financial AidPG County Department of Social Services, and the Student Success Emergency Scholarship Fund.
  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) - The University of Maryland is encouraging eligible students facing financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for assistance through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). 
  • Emergency Broadband Benefit Program - The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The Clark School has in place the Fradkin Memorial Fund (established by Janet Berman) which is used to support emergency grants to students in the College. Students must demonstrate their financial need and be in good academic standing. There are limited funds in this account but in the past have been granted to students in extreme and extenuating financial situations, such as unable to afford housing, significant transportation costs, and/or inability to purchase meals/groceries. Students should submit the Clark School scholarships application and send an email to Dr. Nicole Roop at in order to be considered for these funds. 
If you have any questions or other resources to share with students, please contact Dr. Nicole Roop at