ASUCR: ‘Peers Feeding Peers’

ASUCR donated more than $900 to support the R'Pantry. The funds come from the Food Truck Festival events held in the fall and spring

Mark Richard Claiborne, Dining, Hospitality and Retail Services general manager, stands among ASUCR and R’Pantry students on July 19, 2017. sandra baltazar martínez

When the 2016-2017 executive cabinet for the Associated Students of UC Riverside (ASUCR) thought about donating funds to help feed their peers, they found immediate support.

Recently they delivered their first donation, a $960.93 check to the UCR Foundation, to be specifically designated for the R’Pantry. The money comes from profits generated from what has become an annual Food Truck Festival, held on campus in the fall and spring. ASUCR pledged to donate 50 percent of Food Truck Festival proceeds to the R’Pantry, which provides free grocery items to more than 300 food insecure students per week.

The idea to support the campus pantry came from Dalshawn Boson, the immediate past ASUCR vice president of campus internal affairs who graduated in June.

“He initiated this conversation and the ASUCR executive cabinet moved forward with it,” said Amy Carrizosa, payroll and budget accountant for ASUCR.

It has been common practice for ASUCR’s vice president of campus internal affairs to identify a project to support with the festival’s excess funds. Profits come from food truck entrance fees, minus expenses to run the festival. A past project, for example, included covering speaker fees for conferences held at UCR, Carrizosa said.

Dalshawn Boson (orange baseball hat) and his ASUCR colleagues during the fall 2016 Food Truck Festival. asucr

To make the event a reality, ASUCR works with Procurement Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Risk Management, Auxiliary Services, and Dining.

The Food Truck Festival brings 24 food trucks to campus, featuring different cuisines from the Inland Empire, Los Angeles and Orange counties, said Duane Gornicki, director of Residential Dining & Retail Services. When the festival started in spring 2013, Dining Services partnered with ASUCR to support the students’ vision for this bi-annual food celebration, Gornicki said.

“The festival became an ASUCR idea, then we interjected ourselves to help the program because food is what we do,” Gornicki said. “This past year when they decided to support the R’Pantry, it totally brought things full circle. It’s peers feeding peers.”

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