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Food & Housing Insecurity

Dear BYU Student,

Through my work as the Dean of Students, I am aware that it is not uncommon for students to experience food insecurity at one point or another while in college. Sometimes, a stigma can develop around asking for help, causing some students not to seek assistance when it is desperately needed. My goal is to help all students succeed at BYU. Sometimes, this means helping students take care of their basic needs so they can focus on their classes and on their personal lives.

Consistent with the principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I would like to help you get on a path to self-reliance. If you are going hungry or you are unsure how you will feed yourself in coming days, please come visit with us or schedule an appointment with your Bishop. There is no shame in needing and asking for assistance. We are here to help.

Sarah Westerberg
Dean of Students

Contact Us
3500 Wilkinson Student Center
(801) 422-2731
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Addressing Basic Needs

Food Insecurity Resources

For students who are struggling to pay for their essential food needs

Housing Insecurity Resources

For students who are having trouble finding or maintaining a place to live
Food Insecurity Resources
Housing Insecurity Resources
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Helping Distressed Students at BYU

"It is not unusual for faculty, professional staff, ecclesiastical leaders, family members or friends to be the first to encounter a student who is in distress. Encouraging and helping the student to seek assistance with the appropriate campus and community resources is important."

Learn More About Food and Housing Insecurity

“There is this notion, at least anecdotally, that I’ve heard from people saying, ‘Oh college students, you know, they don’t really experience food insecurity issues,'” said BYU associate professor of nutrition Rickelle Richards. “That’s not true.”

The Dean of Students Office
Students who are facing the threat of Food or Housing Insecurity are encouraged to meet with their local Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Dean of Students Office to find out what services are available for their specific circumstances.

3500 Wilkinson Student Center
(801) 422-2731

Please Note: Eligibility for direct BYU support is based on matriculation status and current enrollment status. Please contact the Dean of Students Office with any questions.