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.

Support the UC Bearcats Pantry


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Student Life Initiatives

ADVANCE Program Fund
An African American student organization created to promote preparation for career success and enhance career awareness.

African American Cultural and Research Center Fund
AACRC advocates for cultural and racial understanding in higher education, and serves as a resource about the Black experience through peer mentoring and first year experience programs for students.

Career Resource Center Fund
Provides a centralized, comprehensive professional services center complete with coursework, employer on-campus recruiting, career fairs, individualized counseling and planning workshops.

Cooperative Education Innovation Fund
Enhances the programmatic endeavors of the UC Co-op Program, such as travel grants for co-op students, expansion of International Co-op, assessment, endowed chairs, and new program and job development.

Disability Services Fund
Dedicated to empowering students with disabilities through the delivery of reasonable accommodations, support services, and tutoring assistance while educating the UC community to see beyond disabilities to the richness of inclusion.

Greek Affairs Endowment Fund
Supports educational programming, leadership development and activities offered by UC’s Greek system.

Jed Small/Sigma Sigma Scholarship Fund
Scholarship for qualifying UC students who are lineal descendants (children or grandchildren) of Sigma Sigmas, in honor of Jed Small’s unparalleled leadership and commitment to making a difference in the quality of life for many, especially young people.

Just Community Gift Fund
Supports campus-wide programs and activities promoting social justice.

Student Activities & Leadership Development Fund
Promotes meaningful student involvement and provides leadership and direction for more than 300 student organizations, as well as offering a full range of activities, lectures, and cultural programs for the entire University community.

UC Child Care Fund
Supports the construction and maintenance of playgrounds, development of curriculum, and child care scholarships for low-income student parents.

UC/Habitat for Humanity House Fund
Covers the materials and needed supplies to construct an affordable home for a deserving family in UC’s Uptown neighborhood, which is built by UC students, faculty and staff.

Women's Center Fund
Promotes the advancement of women on campus, serves as a resource for student parents, and provides programming on a wide-range of topics such as body and health awareness, LGBTQ concerns, sexual assault awareness and violence prevention.


Bearcat Bands

The Bearcat Bands have set up several scholarship funds and endowments to provide financial assistance to members of the band in recognition of their time and commitment given to the organization. These endowments also help to ensure the long-term financial stability of the organization.

If you are interested in supporting the UC Bearcat Bands by providing a tax deductible gift, please feel free to click on any of the following links to process your donation. 

UC Band Scholarship Endowment Fund

  • In 1988, members of the UC Bearcat Bands Alumni Association established the UC Band Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • This fund awards incremental scholarships for participation and retention of Bearcat Bands members

James Morand Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Scholarship for a Bearcat Bands member
  • Recipient must play a brass instrument, have sophomore to senior status, be in good academic standing and exemplify the characteristics of Dr. James Morand

Julie Benken Memorial Drum Major Scholarship Fund

  • Scholarship for a Bearcat Bands member
  • Recipient must be/have been a Drum Major during his/her tenure with the Bands
  • A memorial fund to honor the tremendous passion and commitment Julie had for the Bearcat Bands as a student and as a volunteer

Bearcat Bands Annual Fund

  • Helps defray the costs of operating the Bearcat Bands
  • Helps pay for Band Camp expenses
  • Assists with the purchase and repair of equipment, music and uniforms

R. Robert and Mary Hornyak Scholarship Fund

  • The R. Robert and Mary Hornyak Scholarship Fund will be a prestigious award given annually to one member of the Bearcat Bands.  The recipient will excel in musicianship, leadership and in academics, possessing a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20.