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CU Denver Food Pantry

For All CU Denver Students!

Food Pantry Postcard copy.pngFeed the Need: Combating Hunger

About the Event: Feed the Need: Combating Hunger on the Auraria Campus first started in 2013 to be one of the largest food drives on the Auraria campus. This year the event will start on March 4th and go through March 18th to collect the final amounts of donations for the event. Departments, organizations, clubs, and faculty all joined efforts in a friendly competition to see who could raise the most donations for the food pantries on campus. Since the event demonstrated such a large success of raising 5,036 pounds of food in 2013, CU Denver has decided to bring that tradition back to campus. This year CU Denver Food Pantry is asking that you help continue efforts to ensure students are able to use this free service and students do not go hungry. This year instead of measuring the food, we will count the items according to a point system and the winner will win the trophy of Feed the Need.


How to Collect Donations: Each department, organization, or faculty are encouraged to join efforts as a group to collect the most points of donations. If your group requires flyers to distribute please let the Food Pantry know so we can print flyers on behalf of your group. The following list will allow the group to collect the most points and get a better idea of how to collect donations.


Tips for Success:

·      During your next grocery store purchase, add a few extra items to your cart for the Food Pantry

·      Look in your cabinets and pantries at home for items to donate that have not expired or opened.

·      Stand outside your local grocery store and tell shoppers walking in if they would be willing to purchase an extra item for CU Denver Food Pantry. 

·      Ask friends and family if they would donate items for the food pantry


Most Needed Items:

·      Canned tuna/ chicken

·      Peanut butter

·      Dry pasta noodles and/or grains (quinoa, rice, etc.)

·      Cereal/Oatmeal

·      Spaghetti Sauce

·      Soups


How the Points Work: Instead of counting the pounds, this year we will base the donations on a point system similar to how the food pantry works. The points are to encourage diverse items that are the most used according to the higher amount of points

·      Cash donations, (dollar = 2 points) – 2 points

·      Personal Hygiene items (toothpaste, shampoo) – 2 points

·      Dry goods (pastas, cereal, grains, rice) – 2points

·      Sauces (spaghetti sauce, condiments) – 2 points

·      Soups (canned soup, cup of noodles) – 1 point

·      Snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks) – 1 point

·      Canned Veggies, canned beans – ½ point


If you have any questions or concerns please contact Community Engagement at 303.556.5830 or email us at​ 


The CU Denver Office of Student Life houses the CU Denver Food Pantry to provide access to non-perishable food and personal care items for CU Denver students in need.

Currently, the pantry features a variety of food items with a wide range of food including snacks, lunch items and ingredients to cook a full meal! Some hygienic items are also be available.

ALL CU DENVER STUDENTS ARE WELCOME!!! In order to utilize the food pantry, students must present a current CU Denver Student ID Card. Students will be allowed to take a limited number of items per week. These items are available at no cost to the student. Item availability may vary from week to week.

If you know of a student that is in need of food, please refer him/her/them/zir to the food pantry in Tivoli 127. For more information, please contact the CU Denver Food Pantry at 303.556.5830 or

We are always in need of help! You can help by donating items, donating financially to our gift fund, arranging a food drive, or volunteering for the Food Bank of the Rockies through the VIP Program!

Most Needed Items:

  • Tuna/Chicken
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Pasta/Spaghetti Sauce
  • Granola Bars
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Personal Care Items
  • Special Dietary Need Items (Gluten Free)


CU Denver’s ​Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) Program ​

​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:

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.

Getting Started: To earn VIP credit for CU Denver, you will need to fill out the online volunteer request form at The FBR volunteer staff will contact you to schedule shift(s). At that time, you need to notify them that you are requesting CU Denver VIP credit. Please note that ALL volunteer time MUST be scheduled. VIP and general volunteer guidelines will be explained prior to the scheduled volunteer shift.


Office of Student Life

Phone: 303-556-3399 • Fax: 303-556-3695

Street Address: 900 Auraria Parkway, Suite 303, Denver, CO 80204 • Mailing Address: Campus Box 83, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364


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