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CU Denver Food Pantry

The CU Denver Food Pantry is a resource for students in need. The pantry is entirely donation-based, as no student fees are utilized to support the pantry. We are always in need of help! You can help by donating items, donating to our gift fund, arranging a food drive, or volunteering for the Food Bank of the Rockies through the VIP Program!

Here's a list of our most needed items:

  • Protein Items (canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter)
  • Dry goods (pastas, cereal, grains, rice)
  • Sauces (spaghetti sauce, condiments)
  • Soups (canned soup, cup of noodles)
  • Snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers)
  • Canned Vegetables and Beans
  • Personal Hygiene Items (toothpaste, shampoo)
  • Special Dietary Need Items (Gluten Free)

Please note our pantry is focused more on foods that display high nutrition (Ex: Quinoa is worth more than a box of macaroni and cheese). We will gladly accept any donations that you provide, but again, we are focusing on providing nutritional food.

CU Denver Food pantry is hosting it's annual Gobbler Challenge competition!

The CU Denver Food Pantry has been providing free food for students IN NEED of assistance since 2011 and operates on a donation basis without funding from student-fees. The Gobbler Challenge will directly benefit the CU Denver Food Pantry in assembling our Thanksgiving Baskets for CU Denver students and their families. Organize a team and try to donate the most nutritious food for 1st place!

The Gobbler Challenge will go from Monday, September 18th to Wednesday, November 1st. Student organizations, academic, and administrative departments will have the chance to compete to see who can raise the most to support our students.

Point System:

  • Dry goods (Quinoa, brown rice, etc.)- 3 points
  • Potatoes (Raw sweet potatoes, Yukon gold, russet, etc.) – 3 points
  • Instant mashed potatoes – 2 points
  • Stuffing mix - 2 points
  • Dessert mixes (Pumpkin pie filling, pie crust, marshmallows etc.)- 2 points
  • Gravy mix – 1 point
  • Cranberry sauce - 1 point
  • Vegetable cans (Corn, green beans, yams, etc.) - ½ point

***PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to make any money donations, please do so through our link:

You can sign up through this link: Thank you again for supporting the CU Denver Food Pantry.

Learn about how to support the Food Pantry!

CU Denver’s Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) Program

Getting Started: If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Food Pantry at (303) 556-2510 or email us at

Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) has officially approved the CU Denver Food Pantry as a member agency, so we can begin accumulating food credit in exchange for volunteer hours. Volunteers will need to commit to a 3-hour shift and mention CU Denver’s Volunteers in Partnership (VIP)program when they sign up. Those interested will need to look at FBR’s availability calendar and fill out an online volunteer request form. These materials can be found at the following link:

Here's how it works: For every three hours of volunteer time (donated in increments of three or more hours) a volunteer completes, his/her designated agency will receive a 20-pound food credit, automatically applied to the next month’s statement for the agency.