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:


Please bring your UAB ONE card to pick up food. 

Blazer Kitchen at the 1613 Building provides food to employees and students in need
at 1613 11th Ave S. This location is open Wednesday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Thursday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Friday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM; and Saturday 10:00 AM -12:00 PM. Please register for a time slot to minimize wait time for shopping. Walk-ins will be accommodated as time allows. Park in the lot beside the building. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our 1613 location at blazerkitchen@uab.edu or (205) 996-2040.

Blazer Kitchen Hill Student Center will continue to provide food to students in need via registering online for in pantry pick-up at 1400 University Blvd. This location is open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM til 5:00 PM. Please visit the online order form to register. You MUST register 24 hours ahead of your pickup time. Individuals that come for pick-ups should find available street parking. If you have any questions, please contact Student Outreach at 205-975-9509 or studentoutreach@uab.edu.

All Blazer Kitchen shoppers need to fill out a USDA Eligibility form and email it to blazerkitchen@uab.edu upon completion.

Sign up to volunteer through BlazerPulse.

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Blazer Kitchen at the 1613 Building Blazer Kitchen at Hill Student Center
Serving Employees and Students Serving Students ONLY
1613 Building
1613 11th Ave S.
Birmingham, AL 35205
Hill Student Center, Suite 303
1400 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35233
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


  • 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.

    Blazer-Pulse

    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

    Through our partnership with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, our cost share for food is 16 cents per pound allowing us to stretch financial contributions for securing food. Financial contributions can be made here.

    Blazer Kitchen has an Amazon Wish List which consists primarily of toiletry items and household cleaners which are difficult to secure through our partners.

    Blazer Kitchen is always in need of fresh produce, eggs and spices which are among the most requested items from shoppers. Gardeners and farmers who have a surplus may donate produce and eggs to Blazer Kitchen.

    Please call 205-996-2040 or email us at blazerkitchen@uab.edu to schedule an appointment or notify us prior to delivering donations during the hours we are open.

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

    Blazer Kitchen - 1613 Building
    506 10th Street S
    Birmingham, AL
    35233

  • 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 the 1613 Building
    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:
    1613 Building
    1613 11th Ave S.
    Birmingham, AL 35205
    Hill Student Center, Suite 303
    1400 University Blvd.
    Birmingham, AL 35294
    1613 Building
    1613 11th Ave S.
    Birmingham, AL 35205