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. To learn more about ways to support the UC Bearcats Pantry contact Jaime Bitzenhofer.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Cincinnati, or OLLI at UC, began in 1990 and is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful programs for active adults in the U.S.

Our mission is to provide outstanding opportunities for lifetime learning and social interaction to the mature residents of Greater Cincinnati. Classes are open to anyone age fifty and older at four central locations, including UC’s main campus. Our expert teachers lead about 100 courses each quarter in a relaxed, informal environment without tests or grades.

Though we are predominantly volunteer-driven, our success has allowed us to add a full-time program director and a full-time administrative secretary. However, continued growth for OLLI at UC depends on maintaining and enhancing the quality of our program.

Therefore, your support is essential for our continued success!

*OLLI courses are offered for free as part of the McMicken Society level benefit package!

Become a Friend of OLLI at UC by making your gift online today!

Funding Opportunities

Your support provides:

  • Parking on main campus for members and moderators
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Scholarships
  • Support of luncheons, social gatherings, and special events
  • Other expenses that tuition cannot cover