It is becoming increasingly difficult for students to juggle the costs of living while working to obtain a college degree. Many students are finding themselves choosing between basic essentials such as food and toilet paper and the required costs of education. The Pantry project is a direct response to the growing need among the UC Davis student population for more aid and resources to help offset the financial burden of rising tuition fees, textbook costs, and living expenses. The Pantry strives to help lessen these financial burdens and ensure that students may continue on to successfully complete and obtain their degrees from the University of California, Davis.
The Pantry is the result of a campus-wide collaboration between the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis (ASUCD), the Community Advising Network under the umbrella of Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. The Pantry has also received an outpouring of positive support from various centers, staff members, and student organizations on the UC Davis campus, and within the Davis Community.