Rams Against Hunger

The goal of Rams Against Hunger at Colorado State University is to serve as emergency food relief for Colorado State University undergraduate students experiencing food insecurity. Food insecurity broadly defined is “the state of being without reliable access to sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.” Indicators of food insecurity include skipping meals due to lack of financial resources, cutting the size of meals due to lack of financial resources, experiencing hunger but not eating, the inability to afford balanced meals, and/or running out of food at the end of a pay period. According to a CSU survey conducted in the Fall of 2013, approximately 10% of students at Colorado State University experience food insecurity.  See the list below for more details on Rams Against Hunger Programs.

Rams Against Hunger: Meal Swipe Program is an opportunity for CSU students to utilize meal swipes at any CSU dining hall.  The meal swipe program allows for each participant to receive a total of 75 meals per semester on their RamCard.

How it works

  • Students apply for dining hall meals via the application on this website.
  • Applications are evaluated by Student Financial Services (eligibility for the program is outlined below in the “eligibility” section).
  • Applicants will be notified of their selection after no more than 1 week by the Assistant Director, Community Engagement & Volunteer Programs. Applications are accepted year-round and are accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Selected applicants will receive 75 meals per semester on their RamCard. If an applicant applies mid semester, the number of meals they receive will be prorated. These meals are loaded electronically onto the recipient’s card. Recipients will be notified via email when their card has been loaded with meals and is ready to use in the residence hall dining centers.
  • Recipients can swipe their RamCard at any CSU dining hall. Hours and locations of CSU dining centers can be found here.
  • Recipients may reapply each semester.

Who’s eligible

  • Undergraduate students enrolled at Colorado State University and registered for 6 or more credits


  • Must have a valid RamCard (can be obtained at RamCard Office).
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution of 10,000 or less based on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CSU ASSET Bill Institutional Aid Application.
  • Must not currently have a meal plan at CSU Residential Dining Centers.
  • Priority will be given to students who have not received support from Rams Against Hunger previously.

For more information, email the Assistant Director, Community Engagement & Volunteer Programs or call 970-689-2175

Access the Student Application

The CSU Mobile Food Pantry is here for you.  To access the CSU Mobile Food Pantry just bring your CSU ID & Bags for transporting food. Come to the intersection of University Ave and Meldrum St. (in front of Hartshorn building) and get up to 20 pounds of food including fruits, vegetables, dairy and baked goods.

To view income qualifications for Larimer county Food Bank programs visit the Food Bank of Larimer County webpage.

West University Avenue (across from Hartshorn Building and near Intramural Fields). In the event of bad weather, the pantry will be held at the Lory Student Center Theater.

2019- 2020 Mobile Pantry Dates:

September 5, 2019: 4pm-6pm
October 3, 2019: 4pm-6pm
November 7, 2019: 4pm-6pm
December 2, 2019: 4pm-6pm
February 6, 2020: 4pm-6pm
March 5, 2020: 4pm-6pm
April 9, 2020: 4pm-6pm
May 7, 2020: 4pm-6pm


Interested in volunteering for the mobile food pantry?  Please sign up here: CSU Mobile Food Pantry Volunteer

Rams Against Hunger: Day of Giving (Meal Swipe Program): SLiCE is collaborating with Housing and Dining Services to combat food insecurity via the CSU Dining Halls!  During lunch and dinner, students who currently have meal passes can donate up to 2 of their unused guest passes to support this program. Volunteers are near the meal swipe stations at the entrances of each dining hall to encourage people to swipe two times to donate two meals, if able/interested.  It is an easy (and fun) volunteer opportunity with great significant impact. SLiCE hopes to have 60 volunteers, divided between 6 different dining hall locations. Day of Giving volunteer shifts occur between 11:00AM – 2:00PM and 5:00PM – 8:00PM.

On October 9, 2019, 2 eligibility technicians from the Larimer County Health District will be coming to the Colorado State University campus to process SNAP applications and conduct required face to face interviews to determine eligibility for benefits.  Technicians will review income and expenses with applicants and will likely be able to make an eligibility decision the same day.  EBT cards will not be issued on-site but will be available for pick-up or mailed to the participant’s home.

If you are at CSU Student/Staff/Faculty member interested in applying for Food Stamps (SNAP) or other federal benefits this is a great opportunity to do so without leaving campus or dealing with lines or hassle. If you are interested in this opportunity, please click below to email  Jen Johnson, Assistant Director of Community Engagement, for more information and to set up a time to meet prior to the event.

Visit the CSU Pocket Pantries.  These small food pantries across campus are stocked with free and accessible food stuch as granola bars, cereal, soup and noodles that can be eaten on the go, without worry or discrimination.


Adult Learner & Veteran Services
Lory Student Center, Room 288

Associated Students of Colorado State University – Plaza Entrance
Lory Student Center level 200

CSU Health Network Building 
University Counseling Center – 3rd Floor

Fostering Success/Student Achievement
CSU Stadium, Room 629

Student Diversity and Program Services Kitchens
Lory Student Center Levels 200 & 300

Ram Food Recovery program is intended to support members of the campus community who are experiencing food insecurity while also reducing waste by making food left over from Housing & Dining Services catered events available for pick up.  This program is free for all Colorado State University students, faculty and staff.

How it works

  • Register at ramfoodrecovery.colostate.edu with your cell phone.
  • You will receive a text alert when food is available.  This message will include time, location and a brief description of the food available.
  • Bring your own clean (free of contaminants) container.  Participants must agree to the CSU waiver and food safety guidelines to participate.
  • Thats it!

To ensure food safety, food availability will be limited to 30 minutes after alert is sent.  The food is available on a first-come/first-served basis

Participants may opt out of receiving text alerts at any time by responding STOP to any text alert.

For additional questions, please contact Tonie Miyamoto with Rams Against Hunger.

More than 2,800 Colorado State University students experiences food insecurity each year. Their stories are often silent.

Rams Against Hunger serves as emergency food relief for our students. $7.25 provides the cost of a nutritious meal from one of our dining centers, $130 feeds a student for a month. Your support of Rams Against Hunger will ensure that food-insecure students have the resources to win against hunger, focus on their educations, and succeed in college, despite the odds.

One in ten Colorado State University students deals with food insecurity. Donate to Rams Against Hunger today. 

Additional information and resources can be found on You@CSU.