The Library Learning Commons will host a pop-up food pantry on from 4-7pm on Sunday, February 23rd and Monday February 24th in the library entryway in an effort to combat food insecurity faced by members of the student body. This initiative grew out of a SEMP project plan created last summer for a permanent space designed for a food pantry. While a full-fledged food pantry would be expensive and time-consuming to set up, and would require a dedicated facility to house it, the pop-up is designed to provide students with food resources, while testing the waters for a more permanent solution. The plan is to have three pop-ups in the spring semester – one in February, one in March, and one in April.
Since many campus food pantries allow students to benefit from their service once a month, the pop-up is in line with the efforts enacted by other campuses and universities. Many campuses have adopted a pop-up model, either as a bridge to a physical food pantry or as a permanent ongoing service of their campus.
Shepherd’s Pantry at Immanuel Lutheran Church will provide 20 bags of nonperishable goods for food insecure students. CSC’s Student Senate allocated $500 in support of the food pantry. This money will be used to purchase an additional 25 bags of food. Northwest Community Action Partnership has agreed to create some flyers and brochures to hand out with the food, highlighting other food resources that are available in the Chadron community. Students will only be asked to provide their NUID before receiving a bag and this information will be kept strictly confidential. No other identifying information will be collected. The pop-up food pantry will be staffed by two members of the library staff, Christine Fullerton, Public Services Librarian, and Geoffrey Ledbetter, library assistant.
Each bag will contain:
– 2 cans of fruit
– 1 can of spaghetti sauce
– 1 package of spaghetti
– 1 package of macaroni & cheese
– 1 package of pasta or rice meal
– 1 can of tuna, chicken, or other meat
– 2 cans of beans
– 3 cans of soup
– 2 packages of ramen
– 1 jar of peanut butter
– 1 box of cereal
Shaunda French-Collins’ Communication Arts 425 class, Risk and Crisis Communication, created a communication mini-campaign and marketing materials for the event. This was a natural fit since Shaunda’s classes also organize the OxFam banquet, which educates and brings awareness to the issue of food insecurity on both a national and international level, and because the Communication Arts students bring great skills to successfully marketing events.
For more information about the pop-up food pantry, contact Christine Fullerton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-432-7058.