FGLI Program Services


Listed below are resources put in place by various University divisions to assist students still in need:
  • For academic concerns, students should refer to their schools or their academic advisors.
  • If a student does not have a laptop or other technology needed for remote learning, please contact Student Intervention Services at vpul-sisteam@pobox.upenn.edu.
  • Alumni, faculty, staff, and other community members who wish to provide financial and/or other resources to students should contact Maryann O’Leary Salas, Executive Director of Development for Undergraduate Financial Aid and Penn First Plus: maryanno@upenn.edu.
  • Any student expressing complex, developing, and/or ongoing needs in light of depopulating campus and converting to remote instruction should ocntact Student Intervention Services directly at vpul-sisteam@pobox.upenn.edu. This includes students who may be challenged by Penn’s emphatic directive to leave campus housing to help prevent the spread of this disease.

The FGLI Program welcomes any undergraduate, graduate, or professional student who can benefit from highly-personal support, advising, and referrals. FGLI Program staff work with faculty and administrative partners across campus to ensure that first-generation and/or low-income scholars can thrive and succeed at Penn.

Library Resources

FGLI Library
As the Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) building is currently closed, we are unable to accept and process FGLI textbook requests and returns. Please hold on to your textbooks until the Center reopens. Questions or concerns? Email fgli.upenn@gmail.com.
If you need to access to textbooks or other academic resources over the summer, visit Penn Libraries’ Virtual Support page to connect with a Librarian or search the digital resources catalogIf you need assistance with these services or in your Academic area of study, Penn Libraries has Subject Specialists that are available to help, and if you aren’t sure who to contact, Librarians are on call daily via chat and will make sure your questions get to the right specialist.
Below are links to other digital platforms with materials of interest:
  • Vital Source – Create a “student” account to browse free e-textbooks being made available by publishers such as Cengage, Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, etc.
  • RedShelf – Will provide students with up to 7 free eBooks from participating publishers (Access runs through May 25th.)
  • Kanopy (be sure to login with your PennKey) – Service providing streaming videos for educational purposes. Major subjects covered include: the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education.
Penn Libraries
If you are graduating: your diploma will NOT be held up because you have library books checked out. Due dates for borrowed items, including Borrow Direct and other Interlibrary loan items, have been and will be extended for all users through mid-September. Patrons are encouraged to hold on to books until the Libraries re-open, if possible. If you have already left Philadelphia and need to return them sooner, you can mail them via insured mail. Instructions available HERE. Questions? Emai
l vpcircdk@pobox.upenn.edu.
Assistance for Students Remaining on Campus during University Breaks

Many students are not able to return home during the holidays and other University breaks for various reasons. Help is available during those times from Student Financial Services (SFS), Penn Dining, and from the GIC. Eligible students can potentially receive holiday meals in the College Houses or GIC, added dining swipes, and/or cash advances from SFS to ensure they have food if facilities are closed or open on limited schedules. The GIC also offers community dinners and outings for any students seeking a home-cooked meal and experiences during breaks.

Community Kitchen and Food Pantry

The FGLI Pantry at GIC is closed until further notice.

If you are still in the Philadlephia area below is a list of grocery stores and food shares accessible from campus, information on how to apply for food stamps, and an article of interest.


Philabundance is working with the City of Philadelphia to help supply emergency food for individuals and families in need. Find a location near you using their map of sites providing meals. Sites are open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


  • Heirloom Market (34th and Ludlow) – Great produce and quality dairy for cheap. Also stocks for diverse dietary needs.
  • International Foods & Spices (42nd and  Walnut) – Good selection of dry and frozen goods, and great assortment of Middle Eastern and South Asian foods.
  • Supremo/Supreme Shop N Bag (43rd-44th and Walnut) – Large selection of produce (quality ranges). Stocks specialty Latinx and Arab items. Huge freezer section.
  • Al-Rayyan (43rd and Sansom) – Small selection of produce (good quality). Stocks mostly packaged, dried Arab and Turkish foods. Great for getting rice and beans.
  • CVS (43rd and Locust) – Packaged foods. Some dairy and refrigerated snack items. **Please note that the store is NOT 24 hours at this time. They are open from 7AM-10PM everyday.
  • ALDI (46th and Market) – Low prices. Organic and sustainable line of groceries available at the same price as traditionally sourced items. Quality of produce ranges. **You can take Penn Transit here through Penn Rides on Request. Make sure to list 46th St Station as the pick up/drop off. The grocery store is out of boundaries, but the MFL station across the street is within bounds.
  • Clark Park Farmer’s Market (43rd-44th and Baltimore) – Saturdays, 10am-2pm. Great selection of produce, meats, jam and honey for cheap. They take SNAP and some vendors pre-bag orders.
  • Mariposa Co-op (49th and Baltimore) – Stocks mostly items for special dietary needs. Great selection of produce. **Penn bus west stops at the corner of 48th and Baltimore. Penn Rides on Request can also drop off here. 34 trolley stops here.
  • Fresh Grocer (56th and Chestnut) – Good quality produce. Large and well-stocked (in comparison to the one previously on 40th). **Out of Penn Transit bounds. Easily accessible from MFL 56th St Station and route 21 bus.
  • Trader Joe’s (22nd and Market) – Great produce. Generally a bit pricier. **Can take any trolley line here. Get of at 22nd St Station.
  • Target (19th and Chestnut) – Great for cereals, dairy and beverage items. Small selection of produce. Mid-sized refrigerated and freezer section. **Can take 21 bus or any trolley line here. Get off at 19th St.
  • Whole Foods (on the Parkway) – Large selection of quality produce. Can purchase grains, beans and snacks by weight for a discounted price. Also stocks for diverse dietary needs and stocks Latinx, Pan-Asian, and African diaspora items. Large supply of alternative and ethically sourced paper goods, soaps and detergent. **Generally have to take two bus routes to access. Direct buses are from Center City and Lancaster Ave.
  • Reading Terminal Market (link) (12th and Arch) – One-stop for snacks, groceries, and meals. Currently offering free delivery for grocery items only.
  • Whole Foods (10th and South) – Same as above. This store is smaller, but offers the same items. **Easier to access, although further in distance from campus. The 40 bus will take you straight there in less than 15 minutes (runs down 40th St and then down Spruce/South Sts).
General note: All of these grocery stores accept SNAP/EBT food stamps. Please remember that you cannot purchase hot items with benefits; all other items (packaged, candy, cold) are allowed. For more info on how to apply for benefits in PA, feel free to visit the PA state benefits website or reach out to CAPS to be put in contact with a social worker.
Discounted Dental Care

Penn Dental Medicine is providing undergraduate and graduate Penn students without dental insurance discounted dental care fees. Routine preventive and restorative services are discounted 30% and all specialty services, including oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, and prosthodontic are discounted 20% for self-pay students with a valid University ID. Pa
yment plans are also available.

Care is provided within the School’s teaching clinics at 240 S. 40th Street.

Regular hours: Monday to Wednesday, 8:00am to 8:00pm; Thursday & Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Summer hours (July & August): Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm, excluding noon to 1:00pm, with evening hours Monday to Wednesday, 5:00pm to 7:30pm.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, students can call 215-898-8965.

For more information about these and other FGLI-related services, please email Toyce Holmes or call (215) 898-3358.