RETRIEVER ESSENTIALS: Free Food Available for Students in Need

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UMBC Retriever EssentialsRETRIEVER ESSENTIALS is a program that addresses food insecurity in the UMBC community.

Many college students skip meals to make ends meet, as they juggle housing, tuition, and other expenses. A lack of nutritious meals can affect students’ physical and mental health, and grades. Retriever Essentials tackles these challenges by providing access to healthy foods and other essential supplies, free of charge.

Food Distribution Centers:

Students facing food insufficiency can pick up a free bag of non-perishable, nutritionally-balanced food at the following locations:

Counseling Center
Doha Chibani, Case Manager, Counseling Center, Student Development & Success Center, 410-455-2472,

Honors College
Michael Stone, Academic Advisor, Honors College, Albin O Kuhn Library & Gallery, Room 216E, 410-455-1616,

Mosaic Center – Commons third floor
Carlos Turcios, Student Life Office, Commons Mosaic Center 2B23,, 410-455-1825

Women’s Center – Commons lower level
Jess Meyers, Director, Women’s Center, Commons,, 410-455-1605

Off Campus Student Services – Commons first floor
Emily Moroney, Assistant Director, Off-Campus Student Services, Commons,, 410-455-3438

Residential Life
John Fox, Director, Residential Life, Erickson Hall, Room 166,, 410-455-2591

Other Campus Resources:

Ms. Doha Chibani is UMBC’s social worker. Her contact information is above.

The Career Development Center offers free interview clothing for students. Contact Julie Rosenthal at

The Women’s Center offers complimentary breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Off Campus Student Services offers food coupons to use for grocery shopping.

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