On Saturday, May 13, the Huskie Food Pantry received close to 3,000 pounds of donated food from the residence halls’ Move Out Food Drive and the nation-wide postal carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
“We have been so impressed by the show of support from our community this year,” said Liz McKee, assistant program director for Community Service in Student Involvement and Leadership Development, “We were particularly pleased by the residence hall students’ participation.”
This was the first year the Huskie Food Pantry participated in the Move Out Food Drive and Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. From a community standpoint, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was very successful. Postal carriers were able to capture approximately 25,000 pounds of food from DeKalb and Sycamore, making this a record year for the event. Most of the donated goods were given to the Salvation Army and Sycamore Food Pantry, while the postal routes closest to campus were donated to the Huskie Food Pantry. In regard to future plans, McKee said, “We look forward to the opportunity to continue to build on the success of this year.”
The Huskie Food Pantry, hosted by Student Involvement and Leadership Development, provides supplemental support to currently enrolled NIU students without a meal plan who are experiencing food insecurity at no cost to the student. They employ strategies to create a welcoming and inclusive environment in which students can gather the resources needed to alleviate hunger, make healthy food choices and focus more on academic success than meeting their basic needs. The Huskie Food Pantry is also committed to providing students with experiential learning opportunities which will prepare them for student career success. In this endeavor, the Huskie Food Pantry also strives to work with the community to provide these resources and opportunities to NIU students in an environmentally and fiscally sustainable manner.