Rams Against Hunger (RAH) Program Overview
Operating from The Office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE), Rams Against Hunger offers a menu of services that support students, faculty and staff experiencing food insecurity. Services include a food pantry, a meal-swipe program, pocket pantries, and in-person assistance with navigating federal aid eligibility. This multi-pronged approach acknowledges the broad scope of the issue and seeks to normalize this difficult conversation for the individuals affected, as well as for the institution as a whole. Our hope in providing these services is to ensure that basic needs need not be overlooked at the expense of a degree. By reducing the stigma around food insecurity and meeting student, staff and faculty needs in a way that affirms dignity, we hope to live out the creed that Rams really do take care of Rams.
To help address financial stress and food insecurity brought about by COVID 19, Rams Against Hunger is now offering a permanent food pantry on campus. Hours of operation for the Spring 2021 semester are as follows:
• Monday: CLOSED
• Tuesday: CLOSED
• Wednesdays: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
• Thursdays: 4:00 7:00 pm
• Fridays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Additional resources are available through our partners at the Food Bank of Larimer County.
All members of our community (students, staff and faculty) may access the RAH Food Pantry through the lobby of the Lory Student Centre Theatre. Please bring your CSU ID card.
We ask that all visitors work with us to maintain social distancing guidelines and health protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Rams Against Hunger also will continue to offer a limited selection of food items to all members of the Ram community at the following Pocket Pantry locations:
- Lory Student Center- level 200 – ASCSU Plaza-side entrance
Please “swipe” your CSU ID to enter the Pocket Pantry doors
- University Housing – Aggie Village Family Apartments
Aggie Village Family Center – 501 West Prospect St, Building 24
- University Housing – University Village Center Apartments
1500, 1600, 1700 West Plum
This program allows eligible students to apply for 60 meal swipes, which can be utilized at any CSU dining hall.
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 Rams Against Hunger Coordinator. Applications are accepted year-round and are accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Selected applicants will receive 60 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.
- 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 15,000 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 Rams Against Hunger Coordinator or call 970-219-7165
Access the Student Application
NOTE: Swipes for the Spring 2021 Semester have been allocated. All new applications will be reviewed for program eligibility for the Fall 2021 Semester.
This service will resume for the Fall 2020 Semester.
RamRide is happy to continue to support Rams Against Hunger initiatives through our Food Operations (RamRide Food Ops). RamRide Food Ops will deliver boxes of free food from the CSU Mobile Food Pantry to on- and off-campus students, faculty, and staff. Off-campus addresses must be located in Fort Collins. If you do not live in Fort Collins, please email RamRide Food Ops, to determine if we can deliver to your address.
Deliveries will take place on Fridays. Students, faculty, and staff can choose up to 2 Fridays each month for delivery. Deliveries will arrive in the afternoon, between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. You will be able to choose your size of box and if you prefer a vegetarian selection. You can choose to complete this application one time and select all of your delivery dates, or you can submit individual applications throughout the semester selecting just one or a few dates at a time. You must submit the application by the Wednesday before the delivery date.
RamRide Food Ops is designed for students, faculty, and staff who cannot come to, or transport food home from, the Mobile Food Pantry. This RamRide Food Ops application will only take 2-3 minutes to complete.
For questions about RamRide Food Ops, please email Jose Hernandez Albarado. For questions regarding all other Rams Against Hunger initiatives, please email Michael Buttram, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request food delivery through RamRide Food Ops, please complete the short application here.
This service has been suspended for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters due to COVID 19.
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.
- Questions can be directed to Michael Buttram, at email@example.com.
What is SNAP?
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, can help eligible low-income families and individuals stretch their food budget! SNAP provides monthly supplemental income for food purchases for about 1 in 10 Coloradoans, including hard-working families, children, students, seniors, veterans and those who are disabled.
SNAP is a federal entitlement program, which means that granting one individual benefits will not take away from others who are eligible. If you and your family are in need, consider applying!
Student Eligibility Guidelines:
You might qualify for SNAP if you meet any of the following criteria:
- Work 80 hours/month or participate in work-study (or experienced loss of income due to COVID-19)
- Are a Parent or Caregiver
- Receive TANF Benefits
- Have a Disability that Makes Working Challenging
- Participate in a Workforce Development Program
Colorado State University is available to help you apply for SNAP remotely! For more information and to complete an eligibility screening and application, contact SNAP4Rams@colostate.edu. Or you can call us at (970) 491-8051. We are here to answer your question and help you navigate the benefit process.
Students (18-49) attending college at least half-time* may be eligible by income guidelines and one of the above additional criteria
Students attending college less than half-time* and those age 50+ do not need to meet additional student criteria (only income)
Factors that may impact eligibility:
- If your meal plan pays for more than half of your meals per week, you are not eligible for SNAP
- If you are under the age of 22 and living with parent or guardians, you must apply for SNAP as part of their household.
- If you are on a break from school, you must still meet the criteria that make you eligible for SNA
- If you are receiving benefits through the VA or private scholarships, they may count for income.
How does it work?
You must apply for SNAP in the state where you currently live. You apply for SNAP as part of a “household”. A household consists of everyone who lives together and purchases and prepares meals together.
An eligible household will receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which works like a debit card. Benefits are automatically loaded into your account each month. If your state agency determines that you are eligible, you will receive benefits back to the date you submitted your application.
In most cases, your state agency or local office will process your application within 7 – 30 days. During the 30 days, you may need to complete an eligibility interview and provide verification of the information provided on the application.
Ram Food Recovery is a program that supports students, faculty, and staff experiencing food insecurity by sending text alerts for food leftover from catered events within Housing & Dining Services. If a catered event has any food leftover at the end of the event, catering staff send a text alert to subscribers with date, time, and location of food pick-up. Participants generally have a 30 minute window for food pick-up. During the pandemic, there have not been catered events on campus so the program will look a bit different this spring.
New for Spring 2021, Ram Food Recovery will be offering 25 to-go meals a day Tuesday through Friday to support students, faculty, and staff experiencing food insecurity. Funding for these meals is provided by the CSU Sustainability Fund and will be prepared by Housing & Dining Services as part of their daily campus quarantine meal service. The meals will be designated for Ram Food Recovery and will be distributed directly from the kitchen (they will have no contact with anyone in quarantine housing). Whenever possible, the menu for the week will be posted on this website to aid those with dietary restrictions.
Anyone with a CSU ID is welcome to sign up for text alerts for these meals. Because there are a limited number of meals each day, we ask members of the campus community to utilize this program no more than two times per week. A text alert will be sent out at the beginning of each week to share details about location, pick-up time, and menu. As much as possible, we will keep the location and pick-up time consistent.
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.
- The Larimer County Food Bank: https://foodbanklarimer.org/
- Hunger Free Colorado’s COVID 19 response site: https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/covid-19/
- The United Way of Larimer County: https://uwaylc.org/Get-Help
- Colorado PEAK: https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/?fs=y&lang=en
- Aunt Bertha: https://www.auntbertha.com/search_results/80521
- Loveland’s Community Kitchen: https://www.lovelandcommunitykitchen.org/
- Vindeket Foods: https://www.vindeketfoods.org/about
- Colorado State University COVID-19 response: