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.
University Student Commons
907 Floyd Avenue, 1st Floor, Room 121
Richmond, VA 23284
Hours of Operation
For Fall 2020, the Ram Pantry will be open by appointment only, Mondays through Thursdays from 12pm to 7pm, starting on Tuesday, September 8th.
To receive food, VCU student guests must complete the following survey - https://forms.gle/
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Visit other local pantries listed below (hours and services may vary during the COVID-19 situation, * indicates the resource has not yet confirmed service is provided during COVID-19).
VCU Dining Services
Check website for open locations, updated weekly
Take out only, check website for varying hours
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 VCU community members offering to assist with Ram Pantry operations, food drives, and donations. We greatly appreciate all of the caring suggestions and share your concerns for the health and well-being of our students.
If individuals would like to donate to Ram Pantry, we encourage them to visit Ram Pantry's Amazon Wish List to purchase food to help us restock the pantry when it reopens.
If you would like to assist by coordinating a food drive in our honor, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial donations can be made at support.vcu.edu.