Bearcats Food Pantry

Bearcats Pantry Charge

To develop a resource distribution plan that meets the various insecurity needs of the University of Cincinnati student to assure academic and personal success.

Did you know that 20% of students at four-year institutions qualify as food insecure? And at the University of Cincinnati, 70% of UC Bearcats Pantry users are employed, but still need help filling the gap. The Bearcats Pantry is here to support students of all backgrounds and serve the student population. With some UC students facing lack of family support and others struggling to make ends meet, demand has never been higher for the free food, hygiene and cleaning supplies offered at our “local pantry.” Thank to the support of generous UC donors like you, the Bearcats Pantry is able to lend a hand to our most vulnerable students so they ultimately stay enrolled and graduate from UC.

About the BCP

The UC Bearcats Pantry (BCP) and Resource Center provides free food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and professional clothing to students of all backgrounds with food and other insecurities. The pantry also provides meal vouchers that can be used at campus dining halls and To-Go Bags that can be conveniently picked up at locations across campus. The pantry is meant to provide supplemental support which means we do not supply enough food to completely eradicate food insecurity. Our goal is to assist students in need by cutting down their grocery bills and connecting them to other resources in an effort to promote independence. To be eligible for services, students must be a UC undergraduate or graduate student.

Founded in 2016 by Assistant Dean of Students, Daniel S. Cummins, the Bearcats Pantry became a reality with the help of a strong and dedicated committee team and other UC affiliates. After more than five years of serving UC students, we are proud of what we have accomplished but we know there is always another student who needs help. We are grateful for the partnerships we’ve established with UC alumni and donors who believe in our vision and mission and provide financial supported to help UC students in need every day.

Support the UC Bearcats Pantry

 Interested in donating items such as food, clothing, hygiene items, or cleaning supplies?

Clifton Campus Pantry: Contact the BCP and Resource Center or call 513-556-3780.
UC Clermont Pantry: Contact
UC Blue Ash Pantry: Contact or call 513-558-9496

Select an area below to learn more about funding priorities and how you can make a difference in the areas you value most.

Gen-1 Program Giving Initiatives

Gen-1 is a groundbreaking University of Cincinnati program that is the Nations’ first living-learning community to focus on first-generation college students. The 1MPACT House is a residence hall providing students with a structured environment in which to live, learn, and work.

Housed in the Division of Student Affairs, the Gen-1 Program helps first-generation, Pell-eligible students’ transition from high school into college, increasing their likelihood of successfully completing their freshman year and earning a degree. By helping these students to achieve academic, personal, and social success, this program transforms lives and enhances our community.

The Gen-1 Residential Scholarship provides the following to students who are accepted into the program:

Freshman Year: ½ residence hall fee of a double occupancy room and an unlimited meal plan
Sophomore Year: ½ residence hall fee of a double occupancy room and 65 meal plan
Junior and above: ½ residence hall fee of a double occupancy room and 36 meal plan


The Gen-1 Non-Residential Scholarship provides a $2500.00 per year to upperclassmen Gen-1 students living off-campus.

All Gen-1 students agree to an Ambassador Contract, abiding by procedures outlined in UC student and housing codes of conduct.  The contract includes committing to all mandatory advising, tutoring and study sessions, abiding by a curfew and observing evening and overnight quiet hours to maximize study time. Students must commit to earning a minimum GPA of 2.70 per academic semester and strive to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00. They must also agree to work no more than 20 hours a week when classes are in session.

Program supports include advising, mentoring, individual and small-group tutoring, voluntary and mandatory study sessions, frequent monitoring of student academic performance, social activities, professional counseling and guidance. Additionally, each First-Year student enrolls in the year-long Success Strategies course (2-credit hours in the Fall and 1-credit hour in the Spring), and as Sophomores enroll in the Professionalism and Purpose course (3-credit hours) in the Fall semester.  Gen-1 courses are facilitated through Professional Practice and Experiential Learning (ProPEL:

Top Program Needs:
  1. Student Support for Scholarship, Residence Costs, and Meals Plans
  2. Internships
  3. Upperclassmen- Healthy Eating Support

Click here for more information about the Gen-1 Program

Donate Now to support the Gen-1 Program

Contact Information

Suzette Combs
(513) 556-3324

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