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Blazer Kitchen

On-Campus Food Pantry


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Mission: 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.

Notice regarding COVID-19 pandemic:

Blazer Kitchen Medical Towers will continue to provide food to employees and students in need via a drive thru process at 1717 11th Ave S each Wednesday between the hours of 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM. If you anticipate picking up a prepacked food bag, text 205-834-2895 with a picture of the front and back of your UAB ONE Card and a description and tag number of the car that will be picking up your food or indicate if you will be walking or taking the bus. Information will be kept on file through the duration of this situation, so only one text is required. If you have not shopped with Blazer Kitchen since July 2019, online information forms should be completed. Students and employees who are quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure or diagnosis will be allowed to send someone to pick up a food bag given the above procedures are followed. If you have any questions please call 205-834-2895.

Blazer Kitchen Hill Student Center will continue to provide food to students in need via a drive thru process in the circle drive at 1400 University Blvd each Tuesday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. If you have any questions, please call 205-975-9509.

Starting on 5/20/2020 and going through 7/20/2020, Blazer Kitchen will distribute 25 pound boxes of produce. Anticipated items includes Romaine lettuce, corn, oranges, apples, radishes,  peppers,  yellow onions,  tomatoes, baby carrots, and blueberries weekly. The produce boxes will be for UAB employees and students. 

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 Blazer Kitchen at Medical Towers  Blazer Kitchen at Hill Student Center
 Serving Employees and Students  Serving Students ONLY
Medical Towers, Suite 100
1717 11th Ave S.
Birmingham, AL 35205
Hill Student Center, Suite 303
1400 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35233
 Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation:
 Wednesday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Tuesday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday closed due to
UAB Limited Business Operations

 Other days closed due to
UAB Limited Business Operations


  • Accessing Blazer Kitchen

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

    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, Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration, UAB Medicine, and UAB Student Outreach.

  • Volunteering with Blazer Kitchen

    Sign up to volunteer through BlazerPulse.

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    We ask that all volunteers be 18 years of age or older. Youth volunteers are welcome when accompanied by a supervising adult.

    Alpha Gamma Delta volunteers in Blazer kitchen.Alpha Gamma Delta volunteers in Blazer Kitchen.
  • Blazer Kitchen Donations Guidelines

    Blazer Kitchen always has a preference of toiletries, canned meat, protein bars, and single serve items. Due to our participation in the Healthy Nudges Program we are asking for these items to reduce heath disparities in our shoppers.

    Healthy Donations List

    Breakfast

    • Higher fiber
    • Less sugar content

    Pasta, starch, and rice

    • Whole grain
    • Brown rice
    • High protein
    • Low sodium

    Canned fruit

    • Less than 12 grams of sugar
    • Light juice

    Canned proteins

    • Canned tuna in water
    • Canned chicken
    • Low- or no-salt added canned beans less than 200mg of sodium
    • Dried beans

    Canned vegetables

    • Low sodium
    • Low sugar
    • Healthier choices
    • Less than 140mg of sodium and 4g of sugar

    Spices and herbs

    Toiletries

    • Toilet paper
    • Pads/panty liners
    • Full size shampoo and conditioner
    • Full size body wash
    • Full size deodorant
    • Full size toothpaste
    • Toothbrushes

    Household items

    • All purpose cleaners
    • Washing detergent
    • Dish detergent
    • Disinfectant

    Donations can be made after 12:30 PM every Tuesday 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 330
    1720 2nd Ave S
    Birmingham, AL
    35294-0103

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

  • Service Learning Opportunities

    If you are interested in partnering with Blazer Kitchen for a service learning designated course, please submit the Service Learning Application Form. Please note that we cannot always accommodate every service learning request every semester due to space limitations, but encourage applications every semester (particularly in spring and summer semesters).

  • Blazer Kitchen Stats

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  • 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.

    Cystic Fibrosis Clinic – After screening positive for food insecurity, patients are provided a bag of food to meet their unique dietary needs.

    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.

    Clinic Application Form

    For additional information regarding Blazer Kitchen patient outreach, please contact Kaydian Jordan at kaydian@uab.edu or 205-834-2895.

  • Blazer Kitchen at Medical Towers
    Kaydian Jordan
    Blazer Kitchen Coordinator
    Email: blazerkitchen@uab.edu or kaydian@uab.edu
    Phone: 205-834-2895

    Blazer Kitchen at Hill Student Center
    Debbie Morgette
    Assistant Director of Student Outreach
    Email: morgette@uab.edu
    Phone: 205-975-9509

    Blazer Kitchen Locations: Mailing Address:
    Medical Towers, Suite 100
    1717 11th Ave S.
    Birmingham, AL 35205
    Hill Student Center, Suite 303
    1400 University Blvd.
    Birmingham, AL 35294
    AB 330
    1720 2nd Ave S
    Birmingham, AL 35294-0103