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We have included some information below to address some of the concerns or questions we have received during the change in operations at CU Boulder, due to the impact of COVID-19. 


Produce Pop-ups July 8, 15, 22 and 29

Produce Pop-upWe will be distributing produce on Wednesdays in July, from 3-5 p.m. in the parking lot between the University Memorial Center (UMC) and the Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE).

Attendees can walk up or drive through to receive one box of fresh produce. A line following social distancing requirements will be in place for walk-up attendees. Staff will be present to direct vehicle traffic in the drive-through lane, where food will be loaded into your trunk.

The produce pop-up is free and open to CU Boulder students, faculty and staff. The event is sponsored by the CU Boulder Food Assistance Program and Community Food Share.

For questions, please contact Hannah Wilks at food@colorado.edu or call or text 970-381-6643.

Instructions for attendees

  • You will receive one box fresh produce.
  • Walk-up attendees will need to be able to carry 20 lbs of produce. Please bring bags with you to be able to carry away easily.
  • Drive-through attendees will pull into the parking lot and be directed which way to go. You are required to stay in your vehicle and we will bring the boxes of food to you. Please have your trunk or rear cargo door open.
  • You are required to wear a face mask and gloves if possible, to be in alignment with the orders from Governor Polis and Boulder County. If you are not feeling well or have any symptoms, please stay home, and send someone else to help pick up food for you.

Emergency food resources at CU

If you are a student and have been impacted by the COVID-19 closures, and are in need of food, please apply to the Student Emergency Fund.

Student Emergency Fund

Donating additional meal swipes

At this time we are not collecting more meal swipe donations for Swipe It Forward. We understand many people want to donate their unused meals, and we are grateful for the support. If you’d like to help students in need of food assistance, you can also donate here directly.

Places to get food/sponsoring food drives

We have had many people ask for ways to help support food assistance during these times with food drives. Current campus policy based on recommendations from the CDC we are limiting on-campus events. We are encouraging those wishing to collect food to donate directly to our partner organizations. You can also visit these locations and pick up emergency food boxes if you are in need of food now. 

  • Community Food Share helps stock the food pantries in the Boulder and Broomfield County areas. You can donate food to them, or help donate money so they can buy food for people seeking emergency food services. 
    • Please use their Food Finder tool to find the nearest food based on your location. 
  • Emergency Family Assistance Association hosts a food pantry and many other resources for those living in Boulder. Please review the site and look for updates about their food pantry procedures. 

Please check with the organizations listed above to see if they are accepting individual food donations at this time.


For additional food assistance requests please email us at food@colorado.edu and we will work to get you connected to the best resources. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-changing situation,
The CU Boulder Food Assistance Committee