• Bagging Groceries
  • Scanning Groceries
  • Inside Fridge
  • Breads
  • Loading Groceries
  • Fresh Fruit

Blazer Kitchen

On-Campus Food Bank


Medical Towers, Suite 100
1717 11th Ave S.


Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursdays, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Blazer Kitchen: United in the Fight Against HungerMission: To increase food security in the UAB community by providing healthy food, resources, and referrals to UAB employees, students, patients and their families.

Vision: Through ongoing collaboration and education, UAB Blazer Kitchen will be a leader in increasing food security in the UAB community; striving to ensure those at risk have access to nutritious food and are treated with dignity. UAB Blazer Kitchen will be an exemplary steward of the resources entrusted to us, serving our community with compassion and integrity.

Food Distribution
Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursdays 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM


 

  • Shopping with Blazer Kitchen

    All UAB Employees and Students must present a UAB ONE Card or VIVA Health Employee Badge.

    Students can also access the Food & Supply Pantry provided by UAB Student Outreach in the Hill Student Center, Suite 303, 1400 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35294 on Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00 pm.

    Planning to visit the pantry? Consider downloading and completing forms prior to your visit:

    These forms are for food available through USDA; other food will be available for Employees and/or Students who are food insecure but do not meet USDA requirements

    The frequency of participation in the Blazer Kitchen is identified on a monthly basis based on need and food availability. Frequency guidelines can change at the discretion of the staff. Blazer Kitchen will be closed on all UAB observed holidays.

    In collaboration with Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research, The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, UAB Office of the Vice President for Financial Affairs & Administration, UAB Medicine, and UAB Student Outreach.

  • Volunteering with Blazer Kitchen

    Please use Signup.com button for volunteer opportunities. Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com
    Have a class or students that want to participate in Service Learning at Blazer Kitchen? Email servicelearn@uab.edu

    Please complete and bring the following with you to your first volunteer shift. We ask that all volunteers be 18 years of age or older. Youth volunteers are welcome when accompanied by a supervising adult. 
    pdfVolunteer Release Form
    pdfVolunteer Confidentiality Agreement

    Alpha Gamma Delta volunteers in Blazer kitchen.Alpha Gamma Delta volunteers in Blazer Kitchen.
  • Making a Donation to Blazer Kitchen

    In addition to Financial donations, which we put to great use with the purchasing power of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, we are in need of the following items:

    • protein bars
    • canned meat
    • shelf-stable milk
    • shelf-stable, individual-serving, microwavable meals

    Since toiletries and household items cannot be purchased with SNAP (formerly food stamps), and are necessary, please consider donating:

    • soap
    • shampoo
    • deodorant
    • toothpaste
    • toothbrushes
    • dental floss
    • toilet paper
    • paper towels
    • napkins
    • feminine hygiene products
    • laundry detergent
    • dishwashing soap
    • household cleaners

    Donations can be made between 10 am- 12 pm every other Wednesday or by appointment.
    Please email us prior to delivering donations at blazerkitchen@uab.edu.

    If you are shopping online and would like to ship items directly to Blazer Kitchen, please use the following address:

    Blazer Kitchen
    AB B-84
    1720 2nd Ave S
    Birmingham, AL
    35294-0100

    Give directly to the Blazer Kitchen with your Benevolent Fund Pledge! Designate to #680.

  • Blazer Kitchen Stats

    Statistics for Blazer Kitchen participation as of February 12th, 2018.

    Blazer Kitchen by the Numbers
  • Patient Outreach

    In collaboration with UAB Medicine, Blazer Kitchen will have a measured expansion to support patients in select clinics. Patients are referred to the pantry by medical professionals and onsite social workers who recognize symptoms of food insecurity or when a patient screens positive for food insecurity. Currently, Blazer Kitchen provides food to the following UAB patient groups:

    Comprehensive Cancer Center – When available, protein shakes are provided to patient navigators for distribution to patients with cancer.

    Geriatrics Clinic – After screening positive for food insecurity, seniors are provided bag of food dense with protein since studies show many senior citizens do not receive enough protein. Seniors are also referred to the Benefits Enrollment Center and food pantries within their own communities. In partnership with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama to End Senior Hunger, Blazer Kitchen volunteers assist with packing food bags to increase the amount of food that can be provided.

    Heart Failure Clinic – Patients, who screen positive for food insecurity, will receive fresh produce, healthy dry goods, and referrals to benefit programs and food pantries within the patient’s own community. Read more here.

    Nurse Family Partnership – Patients, who screen positive for food insecurity, will receive healthy dry goods, and referrals to benefit programs and food pantries within the patient’s own community. Read more here.

    PATH Clinic – Patients, who have diabetes and screen positive for food insecurity, will receive fresh produce, healthy dry goods, and referrals to benefit programs and food pantries within the patient’s own community. Read more here.

    Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Continuing Care Nursery – Serving mothers and family members with children enduring long hospital stays, the pantry is stocked with specific items – like oatmeal; tuna salad; high-protein, shelf stable, microwavable in its container single serve meals; fruits: nuts: and protein bars – to benefit breastfeeding mothers.

    Transplant Patients – Following a transplant, patients must stay close to the hospital which can create a financial burden. Patients in need are provided nutritious food during their stay in a nearby hotel.

    UAB Psychiatry, TASC Program – Healthy snacks and meals are provided for adolescents in after school substance abuse treatment programs, adults in a joint treatment and job training program, and a treatment program for expectant and new mothers.

    For additional information regarding Blazer Kitchen patient outreach, please contact Lisa Higginbotham at lisahig@uab.edu or 205-934-1581.

  • Tara Ransom
    AmeriCorp/VISTA - Blazer Kitchen
    Email: blazerkitchen@uab.edu
    Phone: 205-834-2895

    Physical Address: Mailing Address:
    Medical Towers, Suite 100
    1717 11th Ave S.
    Birmingham, AL 35205
    Medical Towers, Suite 100
    1717 11th Ave S.
    Birmingham, AL 35233