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We have included some FAQ’s 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. 


Emergency Food Resources at CU: 

If you are a student and are living in the Boulder area for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, have been impacted by the COVID-19 closures, and are in need of food please fill out our Food Assistance Application and we will follow up with resources. 

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