Student Success and Retention Satellite
ALL students can stop by the Scholarly Support & Retention Program at the JSSB Tutoring Desk on the 2nd Floor
Visit us in Tivoli 271!
Call us: (303) 615-0423
Follow us on Instagram @RowdysCorner
Spring 2023 Hours
Satellite locations are hot spots around the campus where students can pick up on-the-go snacks!
At Rowdy’s Corner, we create a welcoming space that offers holistic resources for our community. We seek to meet the need of our community with compassion and generosity. We hold space for growth and promote autonomy. We aim to serve every student with dignity and respect. We strive to continuously accommodate our community’s changing needs. As students, we will implement sustainable practices to reduce food waste on the Auraria campus. We will create a healthy, beautiful community where no one is hungry.
Rowdy’s Corner is working to reimagine food support and destigmatize the need for assistance and to help ensure there is Food for All.
Rowdy’s Corner connects with the Student Care Center and is sponsored by Student Engagement and Wellness, the Student Advocacy Council, and the MSU Denver Community. Aligning with these added resources, on and off campus, promotes the overall wellbeing of the students and assists students on every level of need.
Rowdy’s Corner is committed to sourcing products from local and regional businesses and providing nutritious, culturally relevant food for all of MSU Denver students.
Rowdy’s Corner strives to provide a range of food for those with dietary restrictions or allergies. Rowdy’s Corner is a proud pratner of Food Bank of the Rockies, Ruby’s Market, Hyperion Wholesale, MyFitFoods, Switch Gears Farms, Sprout City Farms, and many more! Through these partner ships, we can offer students vegan, vegetarian, Halal, and Kosher options, as well as food from a multitude of cultures.
Ruby’s Market is a multi-cultural artisan and food destination, incubating refugee, immigrant & indigenous entrepreneurs and supporting local businesses.
Whether you have a store that needs new, fresh, and exciting products or if you got the next big thing ready to hit the shelves. We help put it all together by bringing the most unique and Colorado brands to the locations we serve.
Healthy, tasty, & affordable meals made fresh daily. Real people need real healthy food and this is what we do. We cook daily using the freshest ingredients possible. When you eat right you will be amazed by the results.
Switch Gears Farms is an ideology that we strive to achieve, both in our personal lives and as a business. This means to be constantly be willing to learn about new and innovative ways to grow healthy food for the local community while also maintaining healthy soil on the land we farm.
Sprout City Farms builds education urban farms to engage communities, strengthen neighborhood resiliency, and root farmers in the city. We envision a thriving local food system supported by a network of accessible city farms which nourish, and are nourished by, their surrounding communities. Our farms serve as a platform for education, health, food justice advocacy, ecological stewardship, community wealth building, vocational training, and neighborhood resiliency.
We are a family farm growing over 55 varieties of organic tree fruits- cherries, peaches, pears, apples, plums, organic grapes and multiple varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Every last thing we sell or make- from fresh fruit to artisanal organic jams, jellies, fruit butters, sauces, dried fruits, and cider- we grow ourselves.
Royal Crest Dairy was founded in 1927 by Mr. & Mrs. Sam Thomas. The Miller family purchased Royal Crest in 1965. Under the leadership of Paul R. Miller, Royal Crest has maintained the same commitment to high quality dairy products followed by Mr. Paul Silas Miller 100 years ago. Today we have branches in Denver, Longmont, and Colorado Springs providing Colorado families with the highest quality milk and freshest dairy products available.
We deliver fresh, high quality dairy products and much more to households all along the Front Range. Our employees work diligently to ensure home deliveries occur before 7am each day, so our customers can enjoy their products first thing in the morning.
We ignite the power of community to nourish people facing hunger. We are the largest hunger-relief organization in the Rocky Mountain region. That makes us uniquely suited to answer the enormous challenge of hunger, which affects 1 out of 8 people in our communities. Since 1978, we’ve put the power of community to work for our neighbors in need. Through partnerships. Through programs, Through you.
Wild Zora is committed to using only the highest quality, responsibly sourced ingredients to provide healthy, delicious, and convenient products everyone can enjoy. Woman-owned, family run, and made in Loveland, CO.
In the fall of 2007, a Student Government Assembly (SGA) leader, Kyle Haley, drafted a proposal to create the Metropolitan State College of Denver Food Bank. This was due to an increased number of students on campus facing poverty and hunger issues. In general, the student population is often overlooked or ineligible to receive many traditional human services such as food assistance programs. The need for a campus Food Bank became more evident as the economy declined. Therefore, the idea was developed to open a Food Bank on campus where students could go to receive free food items every week. At the time, there were very few colleges and universities in the country that were known to have Food Banks to serve students.
In the beginning stages, the program was under the supervision of the SGA with some help from the Office of Student Activities. The Food Bank opened in spring of 2008 with a student coordinator distributing food and coordinating donations out of a small (4 x 6 ft) closet. Unfortunately, the first attempt at the Food Bank was unsuccessful due to the lack of awareness on campus of its services and it soon became evident that more support was needed to start and sustain this program. Thus, the Food Bank was temporarily discontinued for restructuring. With this new knowledge, the Office of Student Life (now Student Engagement & Wellness) then took on the responsibility of restructuring the Food Bank with continued help and funding from the SGA. The Metro State Food Bank reopened in fall 2008 with two student coordinators to handle the challenges of a new program in a new location in the Tivoli Student Union.
The MSU Denver Food Bank was renamed to the Roadrunner Food Pantry in the summer of 2018. The location was also moved to Tivoli 262, which drastically expanded the space and visibility for our students. A student from Met Media designed a window cling that now protects our student’s privacy while they shop in the pantry. In the 2018/2019 year, the Dean of Students Office allocated a small amount of money that now allows us to buy a wider variety of options for our students. In Fall 2019, the Student Care Center was created and the RRFP became a part of this central hub for student support. During the pandemic, staff had to get creative and do their best to get students food. In Spring 2021, the Roadrunner Food Pantry partnered with local organizations to expand the options and increase the quality of offerings.
During the 2021-22 academic school year, we more than doubled the number of students that utilize our space. To continue to meet the needs of our community, in July 2022, we secured a lease to a new space. Rowdy’s Corner (formerly RRFP) opened November 29th, 2022 in Tivoli 271!
Help reduce hunger and waste on campus by sharing info about leftover food from events! Download the free app to get started.
MSU Denver has partnered with SECORCares and ENT Credit Union to host a FREE mobile food market on campus!
The location of the mobile student market is near the front of the Jordon Student Resource Center in the parking area by the Engineering and Aerospace Science building.
The address is 1449 7th Street, Denver, CO 80204. Look for the red Dazbog Coffee shop!SecorCares mobile markets for students are typically held on the 1st Tuesday of the month and the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10:00 -1:00. The Tuesday/Wednesday day of the week is to accommodate both M-W-F and T-Th class schedules. Mobile markets are not held over holidays or the summer months as there are much fewer students on campus.
SecorCares mobile truck is parked at a different location on campus. Near the St Cajetan’s Center off Lawrence Way. Additional details on where to park and maps will be shared for reference for both locations!
Case managers can assist all currently enrolled MSU Denver students who are interested in applying for food assistance programs (SNAP), or in exploring additional campus and community services. Please contact the Student Care Center to discuss your needs by calling 303-615-0006, emailing [email protected], or filing a CARE Referral so that a case manager can follow up with you.
Although the Roadrunner Food Pantry is eager to help every student, we recognize that we cannot meet an individual or family’s complete nutritional needs. If you are in need of food assistance beyond what is available at the Roadrunner Food Pantry, we are happy to help you with a referral through any of the following:
Find a Food Pantry near you using: https://www.foodpantries.org/st/colorado
Metro Caring is a local food pantry that supplies anyone in need with food resources, including fresh produce and a variety of non-perishable items. Metro Caring is centrally located at the intersection of E. 18th Avenue and Downing Street and is along two major bus routes: #12 and #20. Appointments are required. Call (303) 860-7200 to make an appointment to get assistance from Metro Caring.
Hunger Free Colorado also offers a variety of food-related resources. In particular, their Hunger Free Hotline is a one-stop resource for food and nutrition information in Colorado. It is a multilingual resource designed to assist you in locating both public and private food assistance programs. All information is kept confidential. Call (855) 855-4626 to connect to the hotline and learn what local programs may be able to assist you.
Food Bank of the Rockies maintains a database of Food Pantries and related food assistance programs throughout the state. Simply click on your location and find local food pantries and programs that may meet your needs.
You can connect with 2-1-1 (web-based resources, virtual live chat, or dial 2-1-1 by phone) for additional food resources in your home county, while Hunger Free Colorado is also maintaining an updated list of local community food pantries and K-12 school-based meal programs. The Student Care Center can also help you identify the closest food pantry to your home. Visit hungerfreecolorado.org/covid-19 or call the Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626), weekdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., where bilingual staff is also available to assist.
Rowdy's Corner Supervisor
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My name is Miguel Huerta, and my pronouns are he/him/his. I am proud to be serving the Roadrunners of MSU Denver. As a Chicano who was born and raised in Denver, I am thrilled to be home after 6 years of working and living in Philadelphia. I attained a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and hold a certificate in Trauma Informed Practices from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work. I have served youth and young adults in a variety of settings including alternative education, non-profits, and grassroots community efforts. I also serve youth transitioning from the criminal justice system back into the community and teach in the MSU Denver Social Work Department.
My name is frances light but most call me frankie. My pronouns are she/her. I am happy to be a part of a team that keeps MSU students from going hungry. I am a Chicago native and have been in Colorado for 13 years. I was a hairdresser for 24 years when I decided to up end my life and start school at 38 years old. I am a third-year student with a biology major here at MSU with hopes of finding a reputable zoology program. I want to work with the big cats.
My name is Matthew Ebbs and my pronouns are he/him/his. I am a Junior with a Finance Major here at MSU. I enjoy playing video games, watching YouTube videos, and listening to audiobooks. I am excited to be joining the team and supporting the community at MSU.
My name is Rachel Briseno and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a junior with an English major and Social Work minor here at MSU. I am a first-generation student and an EPIC Scholar. I enjoy reading, making art, and helping others. I am happy to be a part of the team and to be helping fight food insecurity within our community. Please stop by and say hi!
Hi, My name is Briana Rendon and I am the team leader in the food pantry. I have just finished my first year at the pantry and am delighted to see the growth of participants this semester. My pronouns are she/hers/hers. I am a Senior with a Criminal Justice Major and legal studies minor here at MSU. I am a first-generation student. I enjoy reading and watching movies, especially movies involving heists.
My name is Hannah Hamilton, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am in my second year getting my Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and excited to be graduating in the Spring. I am a POHA scholar and part of the Diversity and Dietetic Club here at MSU. I am passionate about food insecurity being addressed in the United States. Looking forward to working with everyone who’s part of the Roadrunner team. Looking forward to meeting new people, so don’t be shy and stop in to say hi!
My name is Melissa Hetzel and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Major. I enjoy painting, reading, and cooking. I am excited to be joining the food pantry team and being able to help students access free food. A lot of students face food insecurity and may not even know it.
The Roadrunner Food Pantry is located on the second floor of the Tivoli Student Union in Room 271.
If you are a currently registered MSU Denver student, yes! The only requirement to receive food from Rowdy’s Corner is a valid MSU Denver student ID (must present your ID during each visit to the food pantry).
At this time, Rowdy’s Corner is open with limited hours. Please check out our other food resources here. Also, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or at 303-615-0006 with questions and to get connected to resources!
Rowdy’s Corner works on a point-based system. Each item is assigned a point value. For example, a can of food that is 15 oz. or less generally has a point value of one (1). Larger items that may include more than one serving size, such as a bag of dried pasta or cereal, may be more points. Signs posted in Rowdy’s Corner indicate the point values of different items and the Food Pantry Coordinators are happy to help you determine the value. Generally students may have up to 15 points worth of food per week, with two (2) additional personal care items and five (5) fridge/freezer items. Students also receive two points of personal items. Please note the Rowdy’s Corner is stocked on a donation basis, so food options will vary.
Stop by Rowdy’s Corner in Tivoli 271 or contact us at [email protected] or at 303-615-0423 with questions and to get connected to resources!
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