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UCI Humanities Campaign for the FRESH Basic Needs Hub

Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
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Project ended on December 04, at 09:00 AM PST
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UCI Humanities Campaign for the FRESH Basic Needs Hub

This project has ended, but you can still support amazing UCI initiatives by visiting Your continued support of our students, faculty and staff will ensure that UCI remains the #1 university doing the most for the American dream. Go Anteaters!



With only $299 left to reach our goal of $15,000 – with every cent and dollar going to the UCI FRESH Basic Needs Hub – we have decided to extend this campaign for three more days to finish strong. We made a promise to do everything we could to help the Hub get through the holidays, and we will keep pushing to make this happen!

Now all we need is you. Every dollar counts, and every gift is an investment into student wellness on campus. Please help us keep the FRESH Basic Needs Hub fully-stocked for our students by making you year-end tax-deductible gift today!

With much gratitude,

UCI School of Humanities


Join us in making a contribution to this timely and worthy cause. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for UCI’s FRESH Basic Needs Hub by the end of November, 2017. 

If we are able to meet the first $5,000 goal, an anonymous donor has pledged to match it with an additional $5,000, for a total of $10,000! Dean Van Den Abbeele is starting the process with a donation of $1,000!  Our cash contributions will allow the Food Pantry to stock the pantry itself with the essential supplies most needed on our campus.

Did you know that 42 percent of UC students had experienced a reduced quality of diet or decreased food intake in 2016? Similarly, a 2015 undergraduate survey at UCI found that 45 percent of Anteaters had endured food insecurity in the prior year. 

This is far too many students coming to class hungry. Partner with the UCI School of Humanities in ensuring students can learn and thrive by contributing to the FRESH Basic Needs Hub, now the largest food pantry in the UC system.

Why Humanities? 

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf

Food and the study of food—why, how and what we eat—stand at the heart of the human experience, connecting our families and communities to each other and to the natural world. Meanwhile, famine remains a significant cause of war, migration, and mortality, and its unequal impacts are likely to increase in this century of climate change. 

In the Humanities, we study not only the state of things as they were and as they are, but also as they could be. We believe UCI’s FRESH Basic Needs Hub is a beautiful sign of what can be when compassionate leadership takes center stage.

UCI’s School of Humanities has been a key player in launching several food-centered initiatives on campus, including Cooking with the Professor and Conversation Kitchen. Our faculty have contributed substantially to the field of Food Studies, in such areas as:

  • The history of coffee
  • Chinese food in America
  • Environmental and Medical Humanities
  • The Philosophy of Hospitality (Jacques Derrida)
  • plus, innovative teaching in Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, and foreign languages

Let’s work as a School to reduce student hunger at UCI!

How do students access the Food Pantry?

The Food Pantry is available to all students who self-identify as needing food assistance. There are no eligibility requirements for this service.

Who supplies the Food Pantry?

The FRESH Basic Needs Hub has a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and they bring food to campus once a week, but their delivery only meets our food demand for 1-2 days of the week. For the rest, they purchase food from the OC Food Bank, wholesalers, and rely on donations.

Why support the Food Pantry?

Because it is easy to access, the pantry is in high demand and food is constantly running out. In addition, the food pantry could use monetary support to increase the amount of healthier food options, quality and variety of options currently being offered.

How else can I help?

Now, through the end of November, drop off canned goods and other non-perishables to Humanities Core, Humanities Commons, and Undergraduate Studies:

  • Humanities Core: 185 Humanities Instructional Building
  • Humanities Commons: 1000 Humanities Gateway
  • Humanities Undergraduate Studies: Humanities Instructional Building 143
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Essential like Water

A healthy, hydrated diet consists of drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day! Just like every sip of water, every dollar makes a difference-- thank you so much for your generosity!


Not Just Sugars and Fats

Sugars, fats, oils, spreads should be only 1% of your daily diet. Reduce your saturated fat intake, choose lower fat spreads, and limit foods high in fat, sugar, or salt. Thank you for your gift! It will help us replenish our Food Pantry with a wide variety of healthy and FRESH food options.


Dairy King and Queen

Dairy (or dairy alternatives) should make up 8% of your daily diet. Dairy is a great source of protein, vitamins, and calcium. Your incredible donation of $100 will make a provide an assortment of healthy options for many Anteaters. Thank you for your generosity!


Protein Power

Proteins like beans, fish and meat should make up 12% of your daily diet. Plus, it's essential to nourishing brains for those long study hours! Thank you for your contribution - your donation will provide a student with over a week's worth of meals.


Health Avenger

Thank you for your incredible generosity! By donating $500, you are making a tremendous difference in the daily life of UC Irvine students. Your gift goes a long way in helping students excel and flourish in their academics and extracurricular activities! Zot On, Health Avenger!


Health and Humanitarian

Fruits and vegetables should make up 39% of your daily diet! That means you should aim to eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day. Thanks to you alone, we are 20% closer to matching a $5,000 pledge for a total of $10,000! You have made an unbelievable difference in our students' lives!

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