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Fall 2022 Hours

Monday 8:00am-5:00pm 
Tuesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-5:00pm 
Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm 
Friday 8:00am-11:00am

Location: Tivoli Building Room 271

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Rowdy's Corner Mission & History

Rowdy’s Corner Mission

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.

 

Learn More about our Partners! 

Ruby’s Market

Ruby’s Market is a multi-cultural artisan and food destination, incubating refugee, immigrant & indigenous entrepreneurs and supporting local businesses.

Hyperion Wholesale 

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.

MyFitFoods

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 

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

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.

Ela Family Farms 

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 

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.

Food Bank of the Rockies 

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

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.

 

Rowdy’s Corner 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. 

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!

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!

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!

AUGUST

  • 22 – key date – MSU classes in session for Fall 2022

SEPTEMBER

  • 6 – Tuesday – SecorCares student mobile market
  • 21 – Fall Festival; SecorCares mobile market for students**

OCTOBER

  • 4 – Tuesday – SecorCares student mobile market
  • 19 – Wednesday – SecorCares student mobile market

NOVEMBER

  • 1 -Tuesday – SecorCares student mobile market
  • 16 -Wednesday – SecorCares student mobile market

December

  • 6 – Tuesday – SecorCares student mobile market
  • 10 – key date – MSU winter break

JANUARY

  • 17 – key date – MSU Spring semester begins
  • 18 – Wednesday – SecorCares student mobile market

FEBRUARY

  • 7 – Tuesday – SecorCares student mobile market
  • 22 – Wednesday – SecorCares student mobile market

MARCH

  • 7 – Tuesday – SecorCares student mobile market
  • 29 – Wednesday – SecorCares student mobile market

APRIL

  • 4 – Tuesday – SecorCares student mobile market
  • 19 – Wednesday – SecorCares student mobile market

MAY

  • 8 – Key date – Finals – MSU Spring Semester end

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 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. 

Meet the Rowdy's Corner Team!

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Miguel Huerta

Rowdy's Corner Supervisor

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[email protected] 303-615-0006
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Briana Rendon

Rowdy's Corner Team Leader

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Frances Light

Rowdy's Corner Associate

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Hannah Hamilton

Rowdy's Corner Associate

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Matthew Ebbs

Rowdy's Corner Associate

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Melissa Hetzel

Rowdy's Corner Associate

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Rachel Briseno

Rowdy's Corner Associate

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Sam Tornato Sotelo

Rowdy's Corner Associate

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