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More than one in three students experiences food insecurity during their time at VCU.

On Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., staff at tables on The Compass outside James Branch Cabell Library will provide information about student hunger and accept financial donations.

The 2019 Giving Tuesday effort today by VCU Development and Alumni Relations focuses on RamPantry @ VCU, which provides food for VCU students. Financial support lets the volunteers of Ram Pantry stock their shelves based on current needs and shortages. Your help can ensure that no VCU student working hard to earn a degree goes hungry.

To help end student hunger, please make a gift on Giving Tuesday.

In addition, VCU Libraries is doing its part to end student hunger with its Food for Fines project through Dec. 21. The program stocks RamPantry @ VCU. Your generosity has an added benefit for people who owe overdue fines for library materials.

For each food item a person donates, VCU Libraries will waive $5 in fines, up to a $30 maximum. Fees to repair damaged items or to replace lost items will not be waived. Bring food donation(s) to the Information Desk at James Branch Cabell or Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences.

Not sure what to donate? Here are some ideas. Any kind of non-perishable food is acceptable. No opened containers or food past the expiration day can be accepted. There is no limit to how many food items you can donate, although there is a $30 maximum for waived fines. And, if you are free of fines, feel free to donate food items anyway.


  • 39.5% of VCU students reported concerns of food insecurity in 2018.
  • Ram Pantry at VCU was established in 2014 to serve as an emergency food and hygiene resource for VCU students.
  • The average at-home meal cost in Richmond, Virginia, is $3.07. A gift of just $25 provides more than 7 meals a week for a student.
  • 1.4 million students nationwide have to choose between paying for a meal and buying educational supplies like books.

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