’Tis the Season to Help Fill The Pantry’s Shelves

Students working in the Pantry.
There are several ways to help the ASUCD Pantry this holiday season. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Quick Summary

  • Holiday Food Drive: Leave donations with outgoing mail
  • AggieSurplus: Contribute to food drive, save 10% or 25%
  • Night to End Campus Hunger: Buffet dinner, silent auction

Davis campus units are going all out for the ASUCD Pantry, providing a variety of ways to contribute food and funds to buy food and other necessities for students in need.

  • Holiday Food Drive — Starting today (Nov. 1) and concluding Friday, Nov. 18. Donating is as simple as leaving nonperishable food with your outgoing mail!
  • AggieSurplus discounts — This Thursday and Friday (Nov. 3-4), during in-person shopping, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. both days. Bring donations for the Holiday Food Drive and save 10% or 25% on your purchases (up to a maximum savings of $100).
  • Night to End Campus Hunger — Buffet dinner and silent auction at the Coffee House, benefiting The Pantry and the Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center, to be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Tickets are on sale now.
  • Or contribute money online.
Six Gunrock's Gallop participants, posing in a line, all in blue shirts and wearing medals
Gunrock’s Gallop 5K shirts, check! Medals, check! Smiles, check! Helping The Pantry, check times six. (Ashley Tongol /UC Davis)

Gunrock’s Gallop 5K

UC Davis Athletics started things off last Saturday morning (Oct. 29) with Gunrock’s Gallop, a 5K “Run to Feed the Hungry,” raising more than $4,000 for The Pantry.

It was the third annual Gunrock’s Gallop but the first one where participants ran together instead of running by themselves, wherever they happened to be, during the pandemic. their own. Some of this year’s participants, among them David Dranow ’06, Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, stuck to the virtual format:

‘Aggie Pride: Run With It”

Runner sitting, wearing medal, next to dog with tongue out
Runners got shirts, dogs got bandanas. (Ashley Tongol /UC Davis)

The Gunrock’s Gallop registration count this year hit 466, including 219 students and 31 pets. Two-hundred-seventy-six entrants ran the course that started and ended at UC Davis Health Stadium.

Registration fees included the cost of admission to the UC Davis-Cal Poly football later on Saturday. (Aggies 59, Mustangs 17, by the way, in the Battle for the Golden Horseshoe.)

Other Gunrock’s Gallop participants signed up from elsewhere in California, and nine other states: Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington — 95 cities in all.

Go Ags!

Holiday Food Drive

Mail Services started the Holiday Food Drive in 2006 and has been doing it every year since, although it is now promoted under the banner of Supply Chain Management, of which Mail Services is a part. Either way, your donations will go to The Pantry. (The drive extends to UC Davis Health, as well, with donations going to the UC Davis Health Pantry, which provides food and essentials to the UC Davis Health community.)


  • Canned meat, fish and soups
  • Canned ready-to-eat meals
  • Canned vegetables and tomato products
  • Healthy snacks
  • Toiletries and hygiene products
  • Cooking utensils
  • Gluten-free foods
  • Peanut butter (plastic container)
  • Jam or jelly (plastic container)
  • Iron-rich cereal (45% or more of daily value)
  • 100% fruit juice (48 ounces or less, plastic bottles)
  • Canned fruit (in juice)
  • Enriched rice or pasta
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Baby formula (Similac, Enfamil, etc.)

AggieSurplus discounts

Shopping at AggieSurplus is online only, except for two days a month, the first Thursday and Friday, which, in November are the 3rd and 4th. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hopkins Services Complex Auxiliary, 615 Hopkins Road, west of Highway 113.

See suggested donations above. Here is how you can save:

  • One donation item/can — 10% off the total sale price
  • Three or more donation items/cans — 25% off the total sale price

No discounts on artwork, and the maximum discount is $100.

See the online inventory. Note: Online orders are suspended when the surplus store is open for in-person shopping.

Night to End Campus Hunger

An evening of food, friends, music, special guests and silent auction to support Aggie students in need, sponsored by the Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center and the ASUCD Coffee House.

Logo: "Night to End Campus Hunger" (circle, with knife and fork in the middle)

To be held in the Coffee House, the dinner event will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, with appetizers, wine and beer, and a silent auction featuring such items as wine tasting tours, hotel stays and campus goodies.

This will be the third annual Night to End Campus Hunger, and the CoHo will be doing the cooking for the third consecutive year. Darin Schluep, the ASUCD’s food service director, said full-time staff will prepare an “upscale” buffet — the menu was still being worked out — and all ingredients are being donated by CoHo vendor partners and the Student Farm.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to give the CoHo a ‘fine dining’ feel, with white linens, china, glassware, table centerpieces, etc.,” Schluep said by email. “It’s a fun event, delicious meal and opportunity to support a great cause.”

A program will start at 6 p.m., with a keynote address by Janet Reilly, a member of the UC Board of Regents. The buffet will be from 6:20 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online. Space is limited; reserved seating available with purchase of multiple tickets.

Questions about Night to End Campus Hunger? Send them by email.

Media Resources

Dateline Staff: Dave Jones, editor, 530-752-6556, dateline@ucdavis.edu; Cody Kitaura, News and Media Relations specialist, 530-752-1932, kitaura@ucdavis.edu.


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