Campus Food Pantry, an initiative to aid Auburn University students struggling with food insecurity, has recently opened in the Auburn University Student Center. Tim King, coordinator of the Center for Community Service, and Katherine Hettinger, coordinator for Advocacy & Case Management, spearheaded the project.
“There are several other institutions across the nation that are doing it,” King said. “We heard about it and thought this would be a really great resource for us to offer to our students.”
King and Hettinger have been working on the project since April and received donations from student organizations to provide food to students who need it.
“It’s a service to where if a student is going through a hard time or they’re in need and are trying to stretch some money … if they’re working and they’re not making enough money and they need a little help with some food, they can come in once a week and get one bag of food,” King said. “It’s set up almost like a grocery store.”
King said the students must fill out a one-time application and can choose any food they like which includes non-perishable food that ranges from canned soups and vegetables to cereal, rice and breakfast bars. The pantry has also recently acquired a refrigerator to expand its offerings.
Donations to the pantry will be accepted in suite 3231 in the Student Center.