Although many residential students chose to return home as UCCS transitioned to remote learning in March, resources are available to help students who remain at the university stock up on groceries and cooking supplies and prepare healthy meals.
Because the University Center is currently closed, Clyde’s Cupboard has moved to the Alpine Express Convenience Store next to Roaring Fork Dining Hall. To minimize contact and honor the governmental request for social distancing, food items have been bagged up with eight pre-selected items per bag. Students may pick up one bag per week – all that’s needed is their name and UCCS ID number. Alpine Express is open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 6 p.m. on weekends for students to stop by and pick up a bag.
United Restaurant Supply has donated cooking kits for UCCS students who have moved into apartments and need to equip their kitchens with pots, pans, utensils and dinnerware. The Dining and Hospitality Office has also collected cooking supplies and condiments for students, including cooking oil, spices, dish soap and more. Students interested in these supplies should contact Dining and Hospitality Services.
Students who want to learn basic kitchen skills – like chopping onions and hard-boiling eggs – can tune into the UCCS Campus Recreation YouTube channel, which is posting weekly cooking demonstrations. Resources such as grocery shopping guides and nutrition counseling are available on the Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center’s website.
UCCS faculty, staff and community members are invited to help support students who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis by donating to the UCCS Community Support Scholarship Fund. The fund supports students facing food insecurity, healthcare emergencies, remote learning and traveling needs and other one-time emergencies.