UW-Stout offers new Helping Hand Food Pantry for students

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Menomonie (WQOW) – There’s a new resource to help hungry students on the UW-Stout campus.

Helping Hand Food Pantry has opened its doors for students facing food insecurity. Residence Life Coordinator Sarah Snyder, student Miranda Danzeisen and others helped create and run it.

Snyder said many students have come to her saying they can’t afford food, while others stole from the cafeteria because they couldn’t pay to satisfy their hunger.

“Looking at the statistics, 25 to 33 percent of college students are food insecure, and that’s a lot,” Snyder said. “A lot of times they have to drop out of school, because they can’t afford to eat and go to school. So, they are obviously going to choose food in that circumstance. So this way, I’m hoping more students can stay and get an education, because they are also able to get some good meals.”

The pantry offers non-perishable foods, but organizers are currently working on incorporating perishables as well. You can also find school supplies, hygiene products, and once they can move to a large space, the pantry will offer a career closet.

The pantry is located in the University Services building (room 130). For more information on when the pantry is open, or how you can get involved, visit Helping Hand’s Facebook page.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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