The Colgan Alternative Resource Center and Second Harvest Community Food Bank have teamed up for the second year. The Campus Cupboard is located on the campus of Colgan. The pantry opened last year as a way to expand access to nutritious food to Colgan students and their families.
“Campus Cupboard is run by Colgan students.The kids that run the pantry are taking great leadership and ownership of the pantry,” said Christine Feuerbacher, Programs Coordinator at Second Harvest. “They stock the cupboards, and make sure that everyone has help out to their car, they make sure everything is taken care of and clean.”
The first distribution day was in September and the kids were able to help about 25 families.
Campus Cupboard has added some new learning opportunities for its student workers this year. They will have the opportunity to learn how to create a food budget and the importance of comparative shopping.
Also new this year, food and cooking demonstrations. The Cupboard will host Frank Hartigan, a chef from the St. Joseph School District, during Parent/Teacher Conferences on October 23rd, 2013. Families who attend this demonstration will be sent home with the items Chef Frank will be preparing.
The nutritious food on the shelves at Campus Cupboard is supplied by Second Harvest. This year, the shelves will be stocked with supplies needed to prepare healthy recipes provided by the MU Extension office. Access to the pantry is on a first come, first serve basis. The doors are open to Colgan families from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month school is in session.
More than 5,000 children in Buchanan County struggle with food insecurity. Studies show that children who do not get adequate nutrition fall behind their peers developmentally and academically. Campus Cupboard and the Backpack Buddies program directly address the issue of childhood hunger within the school system.
To find out more about the Campus Cupboard visit: www.OurCommunityFoodBank.org/CampusCupboard or call 816-364-FOOD (3663).