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.

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Please email retrieveressentials@umbc.edu if you have any questions or concerns about finding resources.

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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 retrieveressentials@umbc.edu.

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