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Your Guide To Basic Needs During Penn State’s Winter Break

Winter break is just days away, and while many are celebrating and heading home, Penn State is offering resources for those students in need.

Most of the university’s employees, except for essential services, will close starting Friday, December 17, and reopen on Monday, January 3. Check out the list of resources below if you or someone you know needs help.

Food Resources

Dining halls will close on Sunday, December 19. Pollock Dining Commons will reopen on January 6. North, South, East, and West dining halls will reopen on January 8. Normal dining hours will begin January 9 for East, Pollock, South, and West. North’s normal hours will begin on January 10.

Students remaining on-campus during the break will have access to light meals and snack options in the kitchen areas of residence halls.

The Lion’s Pantry will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. The State College Food Bank will continue normal hours of operation.

Housing Options

Residence halls will close at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, but certain buildings will remain open. If a student is anticipating a need for housing assistance over the break, they can reach out to the Housing Assignment Office.

Isolation and quarantine housing will also continue operation during the break period for students who aren’t able to travel home.

Financial Support

More information on one-time emergency assistance can be found on the Student Care and Advocacy website. Students can apply for a grant that does not exceed $500 at any time. Staff will be available to help students understand their financial options. Keep in mind that these offices will be closed from December 18 – January 2.

Health Resources

University Health Services will be closed over the break, but an advice nurse will be available 24/7. Those in need can call (814) 863-4463 at any time.

Counseling & Psychological Services’ 24/7 crisis line will also be available to students at (877) 229-6400 or by texting “LIONS” to 74141.

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