Finding food for those in need at the pantry

Lizzie Duke, Reporter

The food pantry has been operating since the end of fall quarter. Donations should be brought to the Office of Student Life in room C210 rather than placing a food item directly into the pantry.

Student Life officers check the expiration dates periodically to make sure expired food isn’t given out.

Student Advocacy Senator Perry Doidge said the student officers are looking for more food to add. The amount of food in the pantry is the same quantity that’s been distributed. That same amount is also saved in storage, Executive Director of Operations Cole Webb said.

“We really need donations to keep this thing running,” Webb said.

The pantry is organized into categories based on the type of food, such as macaroni on one shelf and drinks on another. The food pantry is meant for people who have no other way of obtaining food but operates on the honor system.

“I don’t want to go in the food pantry because I would feel like I’m taking it from another students’ available resources, even if I’m hungry,” student ambassador Bailey Shippy said.

The number of people who take food isn’t regulated, but regardless of how much food is taken out, Doidge’s goal is to always have the pantry filled with food available.

“We want it empty because we want people using it,” Doidge said. “Like rotation, people bring food (and) people take it; it has to be harmony. If we see a place with a low spot, we fill it up.”

The OSL has created guidelines for the food that will go into the pantry:

  • The contents of the food package should be clearly marked.
  • The only items that go in the pantry are food items and personal hygiene items (soap, shampoo, deodorant etc.). Everything else gets discarded.
  • The food should not be expired, and it should not expire for at least a week. Items without dates should be discarded.
  • If you wouldn’t eat it because it’s scary, discard it.
  • It should be non-perishable food that doesn’t require refrigeration. No fresh or frozen food.

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