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Summer 2022 Hours

Monday 11am-5pm 
Tuesday 11am-5pm 
Wednesday 11am-5pm 
Thursday Closed 
Friday Closed 

Roadrunner Food Pantry Mission & History

Roadrunner Food Pantry Mission

The Roadrunner Food Pantry serves to fight hunger on campus by providing a variety of food and snack options for all MSU Denver students. We believe that all students (regardless of need) can benefit from access to free food that is quality, culturally relevant, and nutritious. The Roadrunner Food Pantry is aligned with additional resources on and off campus that promote the overall well-being of the students. 

The Roadrunner Food Pantry is part of the Student Care Center and sponsored by Student Engagement & Wellness, The Student Advocacy Council, and the MSU Denver community. The Roadrunner Food Pantry is an agency partner of Food Bank of the Rockies. Our partners include East Denver Food HubRuby’s Market, and MyFitFoods. All funds are raised through grants and individual donors.  

Roadrunner Food Pantry History

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. 

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Campus, Local, and Community Resources

Mobile Food Market Events (SECORCares)

MSU Denver has partnered with SECORCares and ENT Credit Union to host a FREE mobile food market on campus!

On select days the mobile food truck will be located between the Aerospace and Engineering Sciences (AES) and Jordan Student Success (SBB) buildings. It will be first come first serve basis to MSU Denver students. No need to pre-register. 

Spring Dates (All 10am-1pm) 

Wed 1/19 
Tue 2/1 
Wed 2/16 
Tue 3/1 
Wed 3/16 
Tue 3/29 
Wed 4/13 
Tue 4/26 

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. 

Additional Food Resources

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 are 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 are also available to assist. 

Commonly Asked Questions about the Roadrunner Food Pantry