Our mission is to develop a comprehensive program of resources, which immediately eliminates the burden of food insecurity* for UMBC members and connects them to ongoing support networks, in order to enhance their academic retention and career success.

*The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Our vision is to eliminate the burden of food insecurity and related issues for all UMBC members and provide the UMBC community with an ongoing support by connecting them with on- and off-campus resources.

Our name and logo represent our commitment to provide the UMBC members with the essentials (food and personal care items) that they need to succeed. As an organization, Retriever Essentials exists through the support of UMBC students, faculty, and staff members, thus, the True Grit’s paw encircles our “essentials”.