The Essential Space – Free Store

The Essential Space, Retriever Essentials’ free store, is in RAC 235!

Picture of the food pantry in RAC 235. Image shows a refrigerator and shelves stocked with non-perishable food items.

Hours of Operation (Fall 2022)

Mondays: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Tuesdays: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Wednesdays: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Thursdays: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

**Please note that during any days the RAC is closed, The Essential Space will also be closed.

Fall/Winter Closures:

September 5
November 21 – 25
December 20-Jan 2
January 16

**Please note that during any days the RAC is closed, The Essential Space will also be closed.


Please email if you have any questions or concerns about finding resources.


If you need food:

Visit our in-person location, The Essential Space, in RAC 235. Pick out non-perishable food, toiletries and baby items, all 100% free.

Pre-packed food bags are available anonymously and immediately during business hours at any of our Food Zones.

To pick up a custom grocery bag, please fill out this form and when your order is filled, you may pick it up from the 24-hour Campus Police Department. Special accommodations for home delivery are available on a case-by-case basis.  For additional questions or concerns, contact us at

For Campus Food Pantry donations:

You can also drop food donations in our donation boxes located: inside The Commons, in the Admin Building, the AOK Library Atrium, OCA Mocha, and the Campus Police Station or order from our Amazon wishlist for no-contact donations.

Please use the following contact info and address for the orders:

Lydia Sannella
Retriever Essentials
Sherman Hall 205
University of Maryland Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250