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Gamecock Pantry

Our campus food pantry was created for students, by students. The pantry provides food assistance and other resources that enhance the community’s overall wellbeing.

Emergency Food Kits

During the Gamecock Pantry closure due to the response to COVID-19, please consider donating to help fill food kits for students still in need of food assistance! 

The Gamecock Pantry is specifically looking for the following donations:

  • Chef Boyardee meals
  • SpaghettiOs
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned/Packaged meats, e.g. Tuna, Chicken, Salmon

Deliver donations to Russell House Information Desk
OR 
Mail to:
Gamecock Pantry
1400 Greene Street Suite 210
Columbia, SC 29208

 

 Mission

The Gamecock Pantry provides access to food and toiletries in a free and confidential way to members of the Carolina community while creating awareness about food insecurity at Carolina.

Vision

The Gamecock Pantry will address University food insecurity needs and provide comprehensive food insecurity education to the Carolina Community.

Who does the pantry serve?

Any current student, faculty, or staff with a valid CarolinaCard can access Gamecock Pantry. Before picking up food, students will simply need to complete a brief, confidential form to register. Once registered, students can receive up to 15 food items per week, which will be available for pick-up during operating hours. Students may be eligible for additional aid if they have dependent family members in their care such as children. Proof of dependency will be required to receive additional aid.

Would you like to?

TO DONATE FOOD & TOILETRY ITEMS. Before collecting cans, please email us at gamecockpantry@sc.edu for collection information.

 Current needs include:

  • Nut butters
  • Canned meat (chicken/tuna)
  • Canned fruit
  • Pasta/gluten free pasta
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Jelly
  • Granola bars
  • Pasta sauce
  • Snack items (grab & go options)
  • Fresh produce
  • Dairy
  • Toiletries

  We do not need:

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Tomato Soup
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Peas

Want to donate remotely? Check out our Amazon Wish List to easily send donations directly to campus!

TO MAKE A MONETARY DONATION. Please visit GivingAdditional gift details can be selected after entering payment information.

To apply to volunteer with the Gamecock Pantry, please complete the volunteer application.


Additional Resources

Career Center

  • Handshake: Online job database in the Career Center at UofSC

Student Health Services
Registered Dietitians are on staff to provide the following:

  • Healthy Eating Group Appointments: Students learn how to choose balanced meals and snacks on and off campus. By the end of the appointment, they will have increased basic nutrition knowledge, know tips for eating on a budget, and understand cues for eating. At the end of the appointment, students can elect whether they would like to move on to individualized health coaching or if they need medical nutrition therapy.
  • Cooking Classes: Free, hands-on cooking classes last an hour to an hour and a half to teach skills needed to plan and prepare meals and snacks. Attendees prepare the recipes and sit down to eat as a class and discuss the nutritional components. Classes are open to any skill level.

Student Success Center

  • A comprehensive one-stop-shop for academic support services on campus. All programs and initiatives are free to undergraduate students at UofSC.
  • Financial literacy workshops and consultations are available to students to maximize their understanding and skills needed to handle fiscal matters that directly affect them.

Shelters:

Food Assistance:

Transportation:

Ongoing Assistance:

  • SC Thrive Benefits Bank Enrollment
    • Includes assistance with SNAP applications, healthcare, and taxes
    • Available at:
      • Richland County Library
      • South Carolina Center for Community Literacy

Megan Michener

michenem@mailbox.sc.edu 


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