Feed the Flock
The University of Oregon recognizes the importance of food security—that in order to be a successful student, you need to have enough to eat.
To help “feed the flock,” Ducks Feeding Ducks offers a confidential route for students who do not have the money or meal points available to purchase food to access meals on campus. Using the Duck Bucks function of the UO ID card, the Ducks Feeding Ducks program provides a transfer of $10 into a student’s account (limit of two transfers per term) for use at any campus food venue that accepts Duck Bucks.
Ducks Feeding Ducks is designed as an emergency resource for students who are unable to access food through other resources. Our funding for the 2020–2021 academic year allows us to allocate up to $16,500—or 1,650 meal requests—per term. We are setting an initial limit of two transfers per term, per student. Additional meals may be provided on a case-by-case basis through the Office of the Dean of Students.
How to Request Meal Assistance
If you are out of money and in need of a meal, submit an online request by logging in with your Duck ID. If you meet all of the criteria listed below, the ID Card Services Office will transfer $10 to your UO ID within an hour, and send you a confirmation email. You’ll have three days to use those funds at a campus eatery that accepts Duck Bucks. Since you’ll be paying with a swipe of your ID card, there will be anonymity and no indication that you are using a food benefit.
It is important to note that after three days any unused portion of the $10 from Ducks Feeding Ducks will be removed from your account and transferred back into the main fund. Additionally, if you receive the funds but don't use them, the transfer still counts as one of the two transfers allowed per term.
Criteria to Receive Meal Assistance
In order to qualify for Ducks Feeding Ducks, you must meet the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled University of Oregon student
- Do not have ready access to money for buying food
- Have less than $4 in your Duck Bucks account
- Have not used the program in the current term (limit of two fund transfers per term)
Our funding for the 2020–2021 academic year allows us to allocate up to $16,500—or 1,650 meal requests—per term. We are setting an initial limit of two transfers per term, per student. Once the limit of 1,650 meals has been reached, the program will close for the remainder of the term.
Additional Food Assistance
If you don't meet the criteria for Ducks Feeding Ducks or have a more persistent need, there are other programs available to help you get enough food, including UO Catering's leftovers program, the Student Food Pantry near campus, and Produce Drops at the EMU.
Provide Feedback or Get Help
If you have questions about the program or issues with the application, please contact the ID Card Services office at 541-346-3113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also refer to our frequently asked questions page.