Ram Pantry exists to mitigate food insecurity.
Food Insecurity is defined by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or a limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.”
For VCU, it is a situation in which a student lacks access to enough nutritious food for a healthy, active life. It can be linked to negative student outcomes in physical and mental health, financial and housing insecurity and educational attainment.
The mission of Ram Pantry is to ensure food security, human dignity and well-being on campus by providing in-need VCU students with food. To this end, Ram Pantry will collaborate with university and community partners to research and implement innovative approaches to food security and community health. We will do our part to ensure that no student in the VCU community goes hungry and that every student has access to nutritious food.
Monroe Park Campus:
Hours of Operation
The Pantry will be open:
Tuesdays through Fridays 11-4:30pm until April 26th
Closed for Spring Break - March 3 - 10th
The Ram Pantry exists to assist full time students who have a financial need for food. We encourage those students whom are skipping meals or altering their eating styles drastically due to the inability to afford food to participate in our Guest Program. To become a participant, students must be enrolled in courses full time and complete the following survey. After completing the survey, guests will receive an email with additional information on how to gain access to the pantry.
For those that do not meet the above requirements, we encourage you to participate in our Surplus Program.
We receive fresh produce and bread weekly! Our surplus program is extended to ALL VCU students, faculty and staff, regardless of financial need. We hope that this program both helps to eliminate unnecessary waste, and keeps VCU healthy!
To receive excess bread and produce, surplus guests must complete the following survey. After completing the survey, guests will receive an email with additional information on how to gain access to the pantry.
All of the food distributed through the Ram Pantry has been graciously donated by individuals, groups, research projects or companies. We are extremely grateful to the following companies for their enormous support:
- Visit the Dean of Students’ office to receive additional resources to assist in times of a crisis.
- Apply for food stamps here: https://www.dss.
virginia.gov/benefit/snap.cgi. Virginia-SNAP-Food Stamps is a Virginia State initiated program whose primary goal is to enable low-income individuals access to a balanced meal. We encourage students to see if they qualify.
- Call 2-1-1 to receive directions to the nearest food pantry or visit https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank. For national food aid info, visit https://www.usa.gov/food-help.
United Network for Collegiate Pantry Sharing (UNCPS) – www.UNCPS.comPre-qualification and Application Process Emergency Meal Service. UNCPS locates individual meal sponsorship partners (daily, weekly, and monthly) within our network to purchase emergency meals for restaurant pick-up in the community where the student is currently residing. Must have a student photo ID. UNCPS are relying on the generosity of “Gift Meal” purchases – Meal availability is based on “Gift Meal” contributions. Email: VCU@uncps.com to confirm pre-qualification status, receive UNCPS Intake Form, and complete sign-up.
- Visit other local pantries listed below, hours and services may vary. We encourage you to contact directly.
2nd Presbyterian Church
5 N. 5th Street
Mondays from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., to-go lunch served
St. Peter's Catholic Church
800 E. Grace Street
Tuesdays from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., to-go lunch served
3rd St. Bethel AME Church
614 N. 3rd Street
Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., grab-and-go meals served
Commonwealth Catholic Charities
1512 Willow Lawn Drive
Curbside service on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., must have a photo ID & can receive food once monthly (up to 3 times/year)
2nd Baptist Church, West End
1400 Idlewood Ave.
Wednesdays from 11 a.m - 1 p.m., grab and go from the church parking lot (weather may alter operations)
St. Pauls Episcopal Church (Emmaus)
815 E. Grace Street
Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., to-go lunch served
*Oregon Hill Baptist Center
400 S. Pine Street (Oregon Hill)
Thursdays from 10 am- 12 p.m., food pantry
Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Red Door Ministry)
8 N. Laurel St. (by Monroe Park)
Fridays between 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., brown bag/ to-go meals served
411 E. Grace Street
Fridays from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., to-go lunch served
Food Not Bombs
Sundays at 4 p.m.
How to Help
We have received a number of thoughtful responses from the Richmond community offering to assist with Ram Pantry's operations. We greatly appreciate all of the caring suggestions and share your concerns for the health and well-being of our students. If you would like to help, please consider:
- Donating financially via www.support.vcu.edu/give/rampantry
- Financial contributions are best for it allows us to have better control on our inventory levels, and ensures that food is distributed in a timely manner.
- Donating items via our Ram Pantry's Amazon Wish List
- Coordinating a food drive. Please email us at email@example.com for more information.
- Dropping off perishable and non perishable foods during our operating hours.