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Food Resources for Students  

Pantry Support in Crisis  

Out of Options? We Can Help.

When you need food and don’t know what to do, we can help. We can provide emergency groceries and resources to support you in this stressful time. 

What To Do

  1. Contact the R'Pantry at the WELL via email, in person at HUB 248, or by telephone at 951-827-9355.
  2. Contact the UCR case managers. 
  3. You can also contact the local organizations listed below.

How You Can Help

  1. If you are interested in volunteering either as an individual or a group, please contact the R'Pantry staff via email.
  2. If you are interested in organizing a food drive or donating items as an individual, department, or community organization please contact us via email. Our wishlist of most needed and requested items can be found here: R'Pantry Wishlist. We will work with you to coordinate the details of your donation. 
  3.  If you are interested in making a financial donation visit our UCR My Gift webpage and make a financial contribution to our online fund. Our fund can also be reached by searching "UCR Food Pantry Fund" or "R'Pantry" on the UCR My Gift page. 
  4. If you are interested in an automatic payroll deduction please fill out the following form R'Pantry Payroll Deduction  and submit it to the UC Riverside Foundation, 1136 Hinderaker Hall.

End Highlander Hunger

 No Highlander should go hungry. That’s why UC Riverside established a food pantry on campus.
 R'Pantry LogoR’Pantry at the Bear’s Den and R'Pantry Graduate Hours at GradSuccess 

All student walk-in hours are held in the the Bear's Den which is located in the lower HUB Plaza, across from Scotty's Convenience Store and next to the ATMs. Graduate only hours are located in the GradSuccess Office which is  in the University Office Building first floor. 

- Bear's Den hours of operation are held Wednesdays and Thursdays starting the second week of the quarter. Hours vary by quarter 

- GradSuccess hours of operations are held Thursdays from 1:30-3:30pm starting the second week of the quarter.  

What is the R'Pantry? 
R’Pantry, the UC Riverside food pantry, was created as a direct response to student need for more resources to fight food insecurity. Food insecurity is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or the ability to acquire such foods in a socially acceptable manner.

As a program R’ Pantry aims to:

  • Provide emergency  food to UC Riverside students in need
  • Connect students to on- and off-campus food resources
  • Improve the health and well-being of students through a variety of programs and workshops.

How does R'Pantry work? 

 Any student who is in need can access the R'Pantry during our walk-in hours at either the Bear's Den or GradSuccess. For students who would like more individualized services or would like to discuss additional support options we recommend setting an appointment with us via email. 

What happens when I visit the R'Pantry? 

  • At our  check in station students sign in using their ID. Anyone is able to ask questions and get information about our most recent updates. 
  • All students may visit the R'Pantry once per week via any of our walk-in hours or by appointment. 
  • Visitors are allocated "points" as currency to use in the pantry. As of Spring 2017 any student visiting the pantry has access to self select a total of 6 food items + 2 personal care items. Special items such as fresh produce and childcare essentials (baby food or formula) are not part of the point system. 
  • At our check out station the R'Pantry staff will help you count your points and remind your of our workshops and our special programs such as our Boxtop collection program! 

For most updated hours of operations and updates on the R’Pantry project, visit the R’Pantry Facebook page. R'Pantry and its partners greatly appreciate all of the support of our on- and off-campus community. 

R’Pantry is part of the campus-wide food security program, and is a partnership between ASUCR (Associated Students of UCR), Division of Student Affairs, Feeding America, and the UC Global Food Initiative.



Low-Cost Food Boxes

Treasure Box (New Jerusalem Church)
(951) 530-1145
3093 Mission Inn Avenue
A large basket of food can be ordered ahead of time for $30.

Angel Food (Faith Community Church)
(951) 689-7090
For $30, a person can enjoy a large box of food. Food boxes must be ordered ahead of time and can be picked up once a month.

Eagle Food Ministries
(951) 681-2785
5410 Beach St.
Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Churches and nonprofits can get a large amount of food for a $25 donation.


Special Programs

(951) 509-8243
Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
Jurupa Unit M200
5921 Mission Blvd., Suite 100
Contact: James Boseman, Eligibility Supervisor

Students can receive up $180 a month for temporary sustenance if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week and be paid for such employment or, if self-employed, be employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week and receive gross weekly earnings at least equal to the federal minimum wage multiplied by 20 hours.
  • Be approved for state or federally financed work-study for the current school term, as defined by the institution, and anticipate working during the term.
  • Be exerting parental control over a dependent household member under the age of six.
  • Applications can be submitted at C4yourself.com.

St. George’s Episcopal Church
College Feeding Program
(951) 686-9936
Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.
950 Spruce Street
Through its Karma Ministry, St. George’s Episcopal Church offers a hot meal to UCR students on Wednesday evenings. Please call the church for more details regarding this ministry and other initiatives in place to help college students in need.


Free Food Boxes

Food Pantry Ministry (Our Lady of Perpetual Help)
(951) 689-8921
5250 Central Ave
Monday-Friday, 9-11:30 a.m.
Students can enjoy fresh, nonperishable food materials through donations from vendors such as Trader Joe’s, Smart & Final Plus, Fresh and Easy, D’Elias’s Grinders and Simple Simon’s Bakery & Bistro.

Arlington Temporary Services
(951) 689-5620
9000 Arlington Avenue Suite 112
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Arlington Temporary Services provides emergency assistance to students, families and the homeless, including food (limit of six times per year), clothing and referrals to social services.

Eagle Food Ministries
(951) 681-2785
5410 Beach St.
Thursdays, 8 a.m. – noon
Families and students can get two big boxes of food, which usually include milk and meat.

Genesis Food Pantry (Lutheran Social Services)
(951) 689-7847
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free food boxes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Set Free Church
(951) 682-0960
Free food boxes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call the church for details on when boxes are made available for pick-up.

Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church Food Pantry
(951) 276-8374
Every other Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon
5320 Victoria Avenue Riverside, CA 92506
A monthly food drive is offered to those in need of food services. Please call the church for dates and times of when the food drive is being held during that month.



More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

The AVC & Dean of Students
381 Highlander Union Building

Tel: (951) 827-6095
Fax: (951) 827-4701
E-mail: deanofstudents@ucr.edu