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Thank you for Making Home for the Holidays such a Success
We at Retriever Essentials would like to express our heartiest gratitude to all our collaborators and guests who made UMBC’s first Home for the Holidays event a reality. The event offered a...
Come celebrate with us!
Yes we are open on thanksgiving
We are ready to celebrate thanksgiving with you all! Come to True Grits Dining Hall for food and fun activities.
Home for the Holidays
Celebrate Holidays with your UMBC family
Retriever Essentials and the collaborators would like to extend our warmest invitation to you at our first seasonal Home for the Holiday Lunch on Thursday, November 28th, 2019, 12p-2p in the True...
The Food Pantry is in need of nonperishable food items
Please remember Retriever Essentials while grocery shopping
The campus food pantry is in need of nonperishable food items. The following can be donated to our donation bins in the Admin Building (across the elevator), Library Atrium, and the Commons (near...
Retriever Essentials New Donation Boxes
Thanks to our volunteers, Kimani from Cristo Rey High School, Alex, Josephine, and Zoe from PRAC 096, we now have new donation boxes installed! Look for our upgraded donation boxes at the Admin...
Tuition or Food?
Rising college costs brings challenges for students
A new Temple University survey found that thousands of college students today can’t afford basic needs like food and housing, and some even end up homeless. Check out this feature from the NBC...
Rare and Exciting Opportunity!
Come to the pantry and pack your OWN grocery bag!
Going home over the summer? Working a low-paying or unpaid internship and worried how you’ll pay for groceries? Just interested in a free bag of nonperishable food? Retriever Essentials has an...
New Study Reveals Almost Half of College Students
Couldn't Afford Enough Food in 2018
Kyle Shokeye, Complex, May 1 2019 “In its most recent study, the Hope Center for College Community and Justice at Temple University polled 86,000 students from 123 colleges. The study found...
Colleges are Looking for Ways to House and Feed Students
New study finds 36% of college students are housing insecure
"Colleges Are Looking For Ways to House and Feed Homeless Students" by Charlotte West. March 18, 2019 from Pacific Standard. "Widely reported research has shown surprising levels of hunger and...
Millions of College Students are Going Hungry
a new government report finds
Retriever Essentials believes that often, the food insecurity UMBC students experience is the tip of the iceberg-- if the first sacrifice is textbooks before food, imagine the tough choices that...
Food for Thought
Student's Reflection Upon a Semester of Service w/RE!
Amanda Nguyen is a junior studying Psychology. This semester she was enrolled in the 096 Community Service and Learning Practicum through the Shriver Center, and served with Retriever Essentials....
About This Group
Retriever Essentials provides three ways for the UMBC members to access healthy food and other essential supplies free of charge: Food Zones, Save-a-Swipe (meal cards for students), and Community Partnerships.
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