Given the substantial health, economic, and social changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Associate Students, University of California Davis (ASUCD) Pantry needs to better understand levels of food insecurity among UCD students and identify other basic needs concerns among its users for the 2020-2021 academic year. The purpose of this fund is to support the ASUCD Pantry to conduct evaluation of its users and services. Activities include conducting surveys of students to understand their experiences. Gifts of any size will support ASUCD Pantry in providing compensation to student users for their time and efforts to assist in the evaluation. Successful evaluations will help the ASUCD Pantry in adjusting and improving services under the new campus conditions.
The ASUCD Pantry is a student-run organization that was established to help offset the financial burdens and ensure students on the UC Davis main campus can successfully obtain their degrees. It is becoming increasingly difficult for students to juggle the cost of living while working to obtain a University degree, and thus many students find themselves choosing between basic essentials such as food and toiletries, and college expenses. It is for this reason The Pantry was established.