“The food pantry is an integral part of my life at UCSC. It provides me with peace of mind, knowing that I have my next meal.” - Student utilizing the Redwood Free Market
Ready to rep a UC Santa Cruz tote and have a positive impact on food security for current students?
Your gift of $20 or more to the Redwood Free Market will earn you a one-of-a-kind UCSC tote bag, featuring your favorite spots on campus until September 22nd. The tote bag is exclusively for alumni, so get your hands on one today! A $20 gift feeds a student for a week and gets you a tote. You can do good and get exclusive UCSC swag.
Food insecurity threatens one in three college students nationally. Closer to home, 48% of UC Santa Cruz undergraduates say they don’t have consistent access to food. This problem has both physical and academic consequences—when students don’t have consistent access to food, their well-being and studies are impacted. The Redwood Free Market is a free resource for students, allowing them to take what they need from the pantry at no cost. Visitors have access to fresh produce, dry goods, and other pantry items.
Students rely on the Redwood Free Market to keep themselves nourished and healthy. During the 20/21 school year, the market logged 7,704 visits. The Redwood Free Market is a critical resource for student success.
UC Santa Cruz partners with the local food bank to purchase food for the Redwood Free Market. Thanks to this partnership, every dollar donated to the Redwood Free Market goes even further. Every $1 donated provides 4 meals for a student in need.
Your gift of $20 will put food in the hands of UCSC students, and a custom tote in yours. Give to a meaningful cause and show your Banana Slug pride today.