Move-Out Donation Drive

Student Housing and Dining Services collects donations of gently used reusable goods and non-perishable foods during finals week as residents move out of the residence halls. These items are donated to on-campus and local community partners so they can continue to be used by others.

2020 Event Dates

Friday, June 12—Thursday, June 18

Donation Locations

Student Housing and Dining Services will establish a donation station in each residence hall where residents may bring their reusable items and non-perishable foods. Donation stations will be set-up in each residence hall lobby.

See area maps for donation locations:

Segundo Donation Locations Tercero Donation Locations Cuarto Donation Locations

How Does It Work?

Donation stations will have a bin for collecting non-perishable food items and a bin for collecting gently used reusable goods—see What to Donate below.

For your convenience, donation bags will be available at the Area Service Desk for you to bag up your donations. Please use separate bags for non-perishable food items and reusable goods. Remember to drop off at the donation station no earlier than Friday, June 12 and no later than Thursday, June 18.

What To Donate

  • Non-perishable, unopened, unexpired food (canned soup, granola bars, ramen, peanut butter etc.)
  • Clothes / Shoes/ Accessories (good condition only)
  • School / Office/ Art Supplies
  • Linens / Towels
  • Pillows / Mattress Toppers
  • Toiletries (open or unopened)
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Housewares (cooking utensils, reusable plates, etc.)
  • Working / non-working Mini-fridges
  • Working / Non-working electronics and small appliances (microwaves, printers, etc.)

What Not To Donate

  • Cleaning products
  • Food - Open, expired, or perishable
  • Anything badly stained, soiled, worn, torn, broken, or missing parts
  • Hazardous materials (email sustainablehousing@ucdavis.edu for proper disposal instructions)

Questions about what you can donate? Email sustainablehousing@ucdavis.edu

Sort It Out!

See the Residence Halls Waste Diversion Guide for instructions and locations for diverting Recyclables, Compostable Waste, eWaste, and Household Hazardous Waste from the landfill.

For your convenience, bags for recycling and landfill waste are available for pick-up from the Area Service Desk to assist with sorting waste. Residents are responsible for properly disposing of their waste.

What Happens to the Donations?

Non-food items are donated to or have been donated to:

  • Goodwill Industries, a community based non-profit organization that provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities or other special needs
  • The ASUCD Aggie Reuse Store, an on campus student-run second-hand shop located on campus
  • Student Housing and Dining Services Solano Park Apartments

Non-perishable food items are donated to or have been donated to:

  • ASUCD The Pantry, an on-campus group that provides food and basic necessities for UC Davis students
  • Yolo Food Bank, a local food bank that helps to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County by providing and distributing food to those in need
  • Student Housing and Dining Services Solano Park Apartments

Student Housing and Dining Services
Goodwill Industries
Yolo Food Bank
Aggie Reuse Store

Our Impact

By donating items as you move-out of the residence halls, you are able to give to communities in need and help keep waste out of the landfill.

Since 2001, Student Housing and Dining Services has donated over 150,000 pounds of reusable goods and over 16,500 pounds of non-perishable food through our move-out donation drive.

#My Last Trash The Pantry

This event supports #MyLastTrash. Visit zerowaste2020.universityofcalifornia.edu.