“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 exclusive UC Santa Cruz alumni merchandise at Commencement and have a positive impact on food security for current students?
Your gift of $10 or more to the Redwood Free Market will earn you exclusive UC Santa Cruz alumni merchandise. These items are exclusively for the Class of 2023, so get your hands on some today! Merchandise pick up will take place during the Almost Alumni Social on Thursday, June 8 at 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Quarry Amphitheater.
$10 donation w/ Koozie perk
Feeds one student for a week
$25 donation w/ Totebag perk
Feeds two students for a week
$45 donation w/ Crewneck perk
Feeds three students for a week
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 can access 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 $10 or more will put food in the hands of UCSC students, and exclusive merchandise in yours. Give to a meaningful cause and show your Banana Slug pride today.