Firebird Market

Market services are available as long as supplies last. All food items will vary each week.

Semester Dates of Operation:  May 15 – July 31, 2024 – Reopening for Fall 2024 academic sessions in late August

Location:  UDC Van Ness Campus, 4250 Connecticut Ave, 2nd Floor, Room 2414 (The building with the Firebird Millennium Cafe)

Self-Service Hours of Operation (Except for holidays and university closings)

Mondays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

You can open the door to Room 2414 with your UDC Student ID during the identified days and hours only.

How to Register for Access to the Market

You cannot access the market if you do not follow the instructions below.

1. Complete the Registration Form Each Semester

To access food services, each UDC student wanting to pick up groceries/toiletries must complete and submit the UDC Fresh Produce Pantry registration form once per semester. When the form is completed, it will take 48 to 72 hours to verify and program individual student IDs with access to the market in Building 4250, Room 2414. The current form is also available on myUDC. To find the current form:

  1. Log into myUDC
  2. Click the Student Information Tab/Page
  3. Click Food Pantry

2. Have Your UDC OneCard Encoded

After registering, you must have your ID card encoded at the UDC Police Department. The UDC OneCard station is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Building 39, Level C.

3. Tap Your UDC OneCard on the Salto Lock Box

Once your OneCard has been encoded, tap your ID on the Salto Lock Box (grey or black) until the light turns green.

Market Rules

Please read and follow all instructions and rules. Not adhering to the rules one time will result in suspension of market access, determined by a case-by-case instance.

  1. Register for the market each semester.
  2. You must be an enrolled UDC student for the active academic semester.
  3. Check-in on the iPad BEFORE ENTERING the market every time you visit.
  4. Do not allow anyone else to enter the market with you.
  5. No more than ONE person in the pantry at one time, unless from the same household. The next person MUST wait in the hallway.
  6. Each individual is allotted 10 minutes to collect items.
  7. Adhere to every sign displayed in the market.
  8. Do not take more of an item than the sign indicates. Do not hoard. Share.
  9. Leave items the way you found them, organized and neat.

More Information

Additional information and cooking recipes are available here.


With the mission of leading the fight on campus against student food insecurities, our guiding principles include but are not limited to: linking students to additional resources (internally & externally), empowering students to make choices, and helping to remove barriers to retention.

We assessed need, assessed current resources, identified the gap to support students, determined space and staffing considerations, explored free/grant funded/community resources, and opportunities for fundraising .

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