Holiday Helping: Doubling Our Efforts for Students in Need

Seven employees pose in front of tables stacked with food donations.
Mail Services personnel with food they collected in 2019. Pictured, from left: Back row — Tracy Miranda. Middle row — Art Johnson, Phill Lacey, Pete Chacon and Greg Olsen. Front row — Loren Jenkins and Charlie Johnsen.

Quick Summary

  • Food and supplies will go to The Pantry and Aggie Compass
  • For Holiday Food Drive: Leave donations with outgoing mail
  • Employee Giving Committee organizes its 1st Supplies Drive

The season of giving has arrived, and UC Davis is doubling its drive this year to help students in need.


Staff Assembly is collecting pictures of decorated donation boxes or of teams posing with their donations. Submit for a chance to win UC Davis swag.

The 16th annual Holiday Food Drive, begun by Mail Services and now operated under the banner of Supply Chain Management (including Mail Services), started Monday (Nov. 1). All donations will go to the ASUCD Pantry.

The Employee Giving Committee launched its inaugural Supplies Drive the same day, asking for food donations for The Pantry and for other supplies such as toiletries for distribution through the Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center.

Holiday Food Drive

Leave nonperishable food items with your outgoing mail by Friday, Nov. 19, and Mail Services will do the rest! Here is what The Pantry is looking for:

  • Canned meat, fish and soups
  • Canned ready-to-eat meals
  • Canned vegetables and tomato products
  • Peanut butter (plastic container)
  • Iron-rich cereal (45% or more of daily value)
  • 100% fruit juice (48 ounces or less, plastic bottles)
  • Canned fruit (in juice)
  • Dry beans (any type)
  • Enriched rice or pasta
  • Powdered milk
  • Ramen
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Powdered milk formula
  • Baby formula (Similac, Enfamil, etc.)

Supplies Drive

The Employee Giving Committee invites participation by faculty, staff, emeriti and other retirees, as well as students. The committee suggests a team approach, asking departments and units to designate captains to serve as the primary contacts for donations. Teams are asked to register here. This drive ends Monday, Nov. 15.

Refer to the list above for food items to consider donating, along with nutrient-dense snacks such as almonds and granola bars.

This drive also seeks:

  • First aid kits
  • Toiletries (deodorant, shampoo, feminine products and sunscreen)
  • Laundry supplies
  • Hand sanitizer

The Supplies Drive flier is available for download here. Questions? Contact Jenni Dingeldein of Employee Giving by email or phone, 530-754-0579.

Media Resources

Dateline Staff: Dave Jones, editor, 530-752-6556,; Cody Kitaura, News and Media Relations specialist, 530-752-1932,

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