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.

To help address significant financial stress and food insecurity brought about by COVID 19, Rams Against Hunger is hosting a food distribution site out of the Lory Student Center Theatre. Summer hours of operation are as follows:

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesdays: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 8:00 am – noon
  • Fridays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

All CSU students, staff and faculty may select from a variety of fresh, refrigerated and shelf-stable foods. The distribution site is open to anyone with a CSU ID. To access the site, enter the south entrance of the Lory Student Center and follow the signs.

Anyone visiting the site must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and health protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Pocket pantries now in three locations:

  1. Lory Student Center- level 200 – ASCSU Plaza-side entrance
    Please “swipe” your CSU ID to enter the Pocket Pantry doors
  2. University Housing – Aggie Village Family Apartments
    Aggie Village Family Center – 501 West Prospect St, Building 24
  3. University Housing – University Village Center Apartments
    1500, 1600, 1700 West Plum

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 be allocated 60 – 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 Rams Against Hunger Coordinator. Applications are accepted year-round and are accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Selected applicants will receive 60-75 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 Rams Against Hunger Coordinator or call 970-219-7165

Access the Student Application

This service has been suspended for the Spring 2020 semester due to COVID 19.

Rams Against Hunger is excited to be partnering with RamRide to offer a new program this Spring 2020 semester. This collaboration will be supporting the Mobile Food Pantry and helping students get to the Food Bank for Larimer County during the weeks when the Mobile Food Pantry is not on campus.

If you have any questions about the Friday Food Bank, please email Lindsay Mason at lindsay.mason@colostate.edu. For information about volunteering for RamRide Food Ops, please contact Mike Buttram at michael.buttram@colostate.edu

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.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, can provide money to help you buy groceries.  Colorado State University is available to help you apply for SNAP remotely!

For more information and to complete an eligibility screening and application, contact Help4Rams@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.

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

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.

This service has been suspended for the Spring 2020 semester due to COVID 19.

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.