WSC food pantry benefits both campus and community

Tarik Urvina, Staff Writer

The Wayne State College food pantry is a free service provided by Residence Life for all students who are enrolled at Wayne State College. It is located in Morey Hall through the entrance on the southside of the building.

The way the food pantry works is simple. Students are required to show their WSC ID to confirm that they are current student and are able to use the benefits of the food pantry. There are no limitations and students may come as often as they need. There is a variety of food and supplies that students can get at the pantry such as: canned food, bread, noodles, snacks, cereals and beverages. Non-food items such as: toothpaste, soap and deodorant are available as well.

“Everything we have is based on donations we are given,” Assistant Director of Residence Life, Kyle Greene said.

The student food pantry is run by volunteers, and most of the products received are donations. Food donations may be delivered to the Counseling Center, located in room SC 103 of the Student Center.

“We keep a large variety of selections, but varies with time. We do food drives throughout the year to help keep the shelves stocked for our students.”

People are also able to contribute with monetary donations for the student food pantry through the Wayne State Foundation and can contact Sue Jammer, assistant director of the Wayne State Foundation for more information.

“Many of our donations come from drives done around campus,” Green said. “Faculty, staff and WSC students donate throughout the year. Drives are also done in the community which greatly help support the WSC food pantry. Between the efforts of our faculty, staff and students we have been able to keep the shelves well stocked for the past few years.”

The food pantry has changed their hours for this semester. In the past few years, students were able to use the pantry on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Students who want to use the pantry this semester can access the pantry on Sundays and Wednesdays between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The aim of the student food pantry is to reduce food insecurities and hardships for students in need. They are trying to the get the word out on campus to let students know they can use the benefits that the pantry provides. The pantry’s goal is to grow bigger and to make sure that students never have to worry about not being able to eat while attending college and focusing on their classes.

Students who are looking for service hours, or just want to help out in the food pantry can contact Residence Life for more information.