For the past 10+ years, Information Technology Solutions (ITS) at UC Riverside annually raises and donates approximately $2,000 to local charities during the holiday season. This year, we wanted to choose an organization closer to home. With more than 6 out of 10, or 62.5%, of UCR students surveyed experiencing food insecurity (the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate/safe foods, or the ability to acquire such foods in a socially acceptable manner), ITS chose R’Pantry as the charity who will be receiving our annual donation – and this time around, we outdid ourselves.
ITS’ donation for 2018 “was the single largest donation of items ever received AND the single largest cash donation ever received” by the on-campus charity, per R’Pantry staff. ITS donated over 600 pantry items and submitted a monetary donation of $3,043!
The greatest gift of the holiday season is definitely the gift of giving! We challenge all departments on campus to reach out to R’Pantry and any other local charities to see how you can help those in need this season.