Resource Connection: UA Campus Pantry

1 Feb

Okay, so technically this is an ASUA recognized club more than a resource, but it will really help UA students out! Today, Daniel and I headed over to the Grand Launch of the UA Campus Pantry. This project has been in the works for over a year now, according to coordinators of the event. Through donations from Whole Foods and organizations on campus, this club is able to help UA students who might not know where their next meal is coming from eat!

Campus PantryStudents are able to head over to the Pantry on the first Friday of the month (today, March 1, and April 5 for the remainder of this semester) from 3-6 at El Portal. There, students present their CatCard. (Don’t worry – this service is completely anonymous. They will not write down your information, they just want to make sure you’re a UA student). Depending on the amount of donated items available that day, point maximums are assigned. For example, today students could “spend” up to 9 points. Each of the tables hold either 1, 2, or 3 point items. Points are assigned to items based on their nutritional value and how many meals they will provide.  So, a student could get two 1 point items, two 2 point items, and one 3 point item.

It’s still in the beginning phases. In the future, UA Campus Pantry hopes to have the ability to host more frequent events (their goal is for once or twice a week) and access to perishable items.

If you’re part of an organization or group who would like to donate non-perishable food items to Campus Pantry, visit their Facebook page to set it up. It’s a new organization, so I’m sure they will appreciate any help they can get!

Happy Friday, Wildcats!

-Tori

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