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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 Coordinator, Grecia Marquez, via email or telephone at 951-827-5643.
  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 food 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 would like to make a financial contribution to support the R'Pantry, please visit the UCR My Gift webpage and search for "UCR Food Pantry Fund." Employees are also able to request automatic payroll deduction if they wish to provide a sustaining donation.

End Highlander Hunger

R’Pantry at the Bear’s Den
Located in the lower HUB Plaza, across from Scotty's Convenience Store and next to the ATMs. Hours of operation vary per quarter.

No Highlander should go hungry. That’s why UC Riverside has established a food pantry on campus.

R’Pantry is a direct response to the need among students for more resources to fight food insecurity – the lack of nutritious food. R’ Pantry aims to:

  • Provide emergency nonperishable food to UC Riverside students in need
  • Connect students to on- and off-campus food resources
  • Improve the health and well-being of students

Students are having an increasingly difficult time juggling the rising costs of living, eating, and obtaining a university degree. Nobody should have to choose between these essentials. R’Pantry will provide relief so students can complete and obtain their degrees from UCR without worry or fear from hunger.

For hours of operations and updates on the R’Pantry project, visit the R’Pantry Facebook page. To volunteer or to inquire about hosting a donation drive, please email the R'Pantry Coordinator, Grecia.marquez@ucr.edu. 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