Bear Essentials Food Pantry

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Serving registered students, staff and faculty since 2014.

UCA Bear Essentials Food Pantry Winter Food & Fund Drive

Contribute to holiday food pantry in two ways
1. Donate the following to Old Main 108 before 14 December 2017
-Cranberry Sauce
-Cake Mix / Cake Frosting / Pumpkin Pie Filling 
-Carrots / Sweet Potatoes / Green Beans / Corn
-Instant Mashed Potatoes
-Gravy Mix
​-Turkey / Ham​
2. Donate to the UCA Foundation-Food Pantry Fund here until 31 December 2017 
For more information contact UCA Bear essentials Food Pantry coordinator Brian James at
Notice: The UCA Bear Essentials Food Pantry will be distributing turkeys and hams at Old Main 108 on Monday, November 20 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. These will be distributed on a first come first served basis.  Please bring your UCA ID.
The pantry will also be open Wednesday, November 22 during from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for non-perishable items. Please bring your UCA ID.

The face of our pantry is the people you know.

The Bear Essentials Food Pantry will stock the following items and each pantry request will obtain the following or equivalent:

  • 1 jar peanut butter
  • 1 jar of jelly
  • 1 can of pasta sauce
  • 3 can of vegetables
  • 1 can of fruit
  • 2 cans of soup
  • 1 box of mac and cheese
  • 2 cans of tuna or chicken
  • 1 muffin mix
  • 1 package of rice
  • 1 package of spaghetti
  • 1 box of instant oatmeal
  • 5 packages of ramen-style noodles
  • 1 box of instant potatoes

We also accept specialty items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, and feminine and male hygiene products.

The UCA Bear Essentials Food Pantry is a member (#149) of the College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA). CUFBA is a professional organization consisting of campus-based programs focused on alleviating food insecurity, hunger, and poverty among college and university students in the United States.