LAUNCHING THE CAMPUS FOODPANTRYWSU Friendship Food PantryFebruary 3, 2011
THE IDEA A food pantry that would serve WSU students experiencing or at risk of food insecurity. By giving students a few days worth of emergency meals. Providing baby items to student parents in need. Providing referral services to make sure students’ needs are met.
THE NEXT STEP The issue Other The campus pantries Research campus The community
THE BASIC EQUATIONSpace+Storage+Food+Money+Volunteers=Food Pantry
•Privacy concernsSPACE •Space for volunteers and client intake •Space for clients to wait •Space to sort and store extra food •The pantry went from one 10’x10’ room to three. The Food Pantry is located in 134 Allyn Hall.
•Many of theSTORAGE shelves in the pantry were donated by the library and parts were custom built by carpenters in the physical plant •The pantry now has a refrigerator to store perishable items like bread and dairy products
•Food drives byFOOD several groups on campus (Staff Development Day, Residence Services Haunted Trail, Panhellenic Council Canned Sculpture) •Service-learning classes •President’sOffice (food and refrigerator) •Individual donations •Dorothy Lane Market •ChristChurch of Bellbrook deliveries
Volunteers makeVOLUNTEERS the food pantry possible! Volunteers: •are students, staff, an d faculty. •sort, check dates, and stock food in the pantry. •helpwith special events and fundraisers. •work with clients in the pantry.
BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE!•Developing a mission and goals•Developing policies and procedures•Developing a budget and creating an account•Communicating about the pantry
COMMUNICATING ABOUT THE PANTRY Story and video for WSU website Articles in The Guardian Campus-wide announcements on WINGS E-mail Facebook page Articles in The Dayton Daily News Story on WDTN TV station Campus bulletin boards Brochures to campus departments/units Fall Fest and May Daze
THE ROLE OF SERVICE-LEARNINGService-learning students: Explored hunger and food insecurity Served the WSU Friendship Food Pantry by: Hosting fundraisers and food drives Building shelves Sorting and stocking food Creating inventory processes Served area agencies and organizations, such as: St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Catholic Social Services Food Pantry The Foodbank House of Bread
FROM STUDENTS IN AN ENGLISH 102SERVICE-LEARNING COURSE: “So far, I have learned quite a bit more about food insecurity than I had ever imagined I would in an English class. At the [St. Vincent] food pantry this weekend, Bob gave me a sheet of paper that had on it quotes from individuals who wrote about what the food pantry means to them. I was bewildered at how many of the people are seniors who should have retired long ago but are [raising] their grandchildren. I simply couldnt understand how anyone could want to take away the very benefits that help them make ends meet.”
“I went to Catholic Social Services and it was really an eye-opening experience. When you see the people, you dont see "food insecure” or "poverty" written on their faces. You see moms, dads, brothers, sisters…and grandparents. I enjoyed helping people and I now have a new understanding of food insecurity in the city. Ive worked at a soup kitchen but never a pantry. Both experiences helped to shape my views on local poverty and food insecurity.”“Studying about poverty is nowhere near the same as working amongst the impoverished. My first visit to Saint Vincent De Paul…was quite aneye opening experience. The waiting room was filled and a line extendedoutside the building, down the access ramp, and out into the parking lot. I always grew up knowing that poverty existed but the actual scale remained quite elusive. “
CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY IMPACT Total volunteers 31 Total volunteer hours 172Total service-learning students 96 Service-learning hours 458+ Total students served since 123 Feb. 3rd Total meals served since 738 Feb. 3rd Total money raised for $2,899.98 WSU pantry
LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE Strengthening pantry services by: Continuing to evaluate processes and procedures Engaging more service-learning classes Exploring the possibility of incorporating Ohio Benefit Bank services Exploring the feasibility of offering fresh produce to students Developing a plan for sustainability of the pantry Creating and strengthening community partnerships with organizations fighting poverty Promoting hunger and homelessness awareness and education