Ram Pantry

rampantry@vcu.edu | (804) 828-3475 | 907 Floyd Avenue ǀ Box 2032 | Richmond, VA 23284

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About Us


Hours of Operation

Students suffering from food insecurity will have access to ram pantry every Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. Students on the MCV campus in need of the pantry should notify pantry personnel via email (rampantry@vcu.edu).

What is 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. Ram Pantry exists to mitigate these negative outcomes.

Our Mission

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.

Food


Students combating food insecurity find it difficult to obtain food. Ram Pantry exists to assist them in this effort by providing grocery items once a week.  The items listed here would be helpful in our quest to provide this service to our VCU student RAMily!

Ram Pantry is positioned to receive both perishable and non-perishable food items. Donations can be delivered to the pantry or picked up by our student staff. 

Email rampantry@vcu.edu if you have perishable items so appropriate measures can be taken to ensure proper care. After-hours donations can be left in the bins just outside the pantry in the Student Commons/Room 121. Please do not leave perishable items in the bins.

How to Help


Host a Food Drive

Select a date/timeframe of your choosing and collect items to be donated to the pantry. For your convenience, we have provided a list of suggested items in the FOODS section but please don’t feel restricted to this list alone.

Provide Snack Bags

Provide/Package snack bags (for example: 1 piece of fruit, 1 package of cookies OR 1 bag of chips and 1 bottle of water, etc.). Or, if you’d like, our volunteers will be happy to prepare snack bags with the items you provide.

Adopt Ram Pantry

For a Week

Provide food for an average of 30 students for Wednesday and Thursday during the week of your choosing. Feel free to deliver the items to the pantry, or we can make arrangements for our volunteers to pick them up.

For a Month

Stock the pantry with food, on a weekly basis, during the month of your choosing. Feel free to deliver the items to the pantry, or we can make arrangements for our volunteers to pick them up.

Make a Financial Contribution

Your tax-deductible donation will be greatly appreciated and will permit us to purchase needed items that were not donated to the pantry. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on this link. https://www.support.vcu.edu/give
  2. Click on the “SEARCH” tab
  3. In the “Search for a fund” box, type “RamPantry”
  4. Select “RamPantry/Student Affairs
  5. With RamPantry in the selection box, click the next button and follow the prompts
Become a Sponsor

Sponsor a “Restaurant-Hosted” Meal for Pantry Users (during mid-terms or final exams) – Local restaurants will provide the meal, you provide the funding to compensate them for their service.

Sponsor a VCU Dorm for Thanksgiving (provide meals/food/baskets for students who can’t go home) – there is always a number of students who can’t go home for the holiday. You can provide a bag/basket of food for them to enjoy. The pantry will be working with ResLife to determine the number of students who will need meals.

Volunteer

Faculty, staff and students are invited to volunteer with Ram Pantry if your schedule permits. Please email rampantry@vcu.edu for additional information and/or to schedule Ram Pantry Volunteer training.

Additional Resources


  1. Visit the Dean of Students’ Office to receive additional resources to assist in times of a crisis.
  2. Apply for food stamps
    Virginia-SNAP-Food Stamps is a Virginia State initiated program whose primary goal is to enable low-income families access to a balanced meal.  We encourage students to see if they qualify. Please note that you should be working 20 hours a week to receive benefits.
  3. Call 2-1-1 to receive directions to the nearest food pantry.
  4. Visit other pantries listed below. 

Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
8 N. Laurel (by Monroe Park)
Meals are served Sundays after the 5 p.m. service, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (specifically for VCU students), and Fridays between 1 and 2 p.m.

Pine Street Baptist Church
400 S. Pine Street (Oregon Hill)
Food Pantry every Thursday from 10am-Noon.

William Byrd Community House 
224 S. Cherry Street (Oregon Hill)
Food Pantry Mon-Thurs from 9:30 a.m.-Noon and 1-3 p.m. Must bring a photo ID and social security number. Can receive food once monthly.

Salvation Army
2 W. Grace Street
Food pantry Mon-Fri from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Must bring ID. Can receive food once monthly.

St. Pauls Episcopal Church
815 E. Grace Street
Thursdays from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., lunch served.

Food Not Bombs
Monroe Park
Sundays at 4 p.m.

2nd Baptist Church
Corner of Idlewood and Allen Avenue
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.-Noon, meals served.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities
1512 Willow Lawn Drive
7 a.m.-Noon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Must have a photo ID. Can receive food once monthly (up to 3 times/year).

 

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