Successful start for the new food pantry

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Successful start for the new food pantry

Jackson Mihm, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

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The Warhawk Food Pantry, located in room 143 inside Drumlin Dining Hall, is ready to go for the upcoming semester.

With the start of the fall semester about a week away, the Warhawk Pantry is trying to stock the shelves.   

Bailey Hornstein, a UW-Whitewater senior finds the pantry a good tool, especially during such a financially stressful time.

“The pantry is probably helpful for students who are struggling and they might have to pay bills for school or housing,” said Hornstein.” They don’t have to worry so much about food”.

The Warhawk Pantry Coordinator, Fabiola Aranda, wanted to express the benefits of having a food pantry on campus.

“Going to college at this time is extremely expensive, and it’s getting more expensive every year. If you think about it, there’s a lot of students that aren’t getting the amount of assistance they need. Food insecurity is high and people may not voice it. Having a food pantry available to students alleviates some of that pressure.”

Aside from dropping items off at the Warhawk pantry there are multiple spots to donate across campus. There are donation boxes in the HawkCard Office in the University Center room 259, the Information Center, also in the University Center, and the Alumni Center, located at 800 West Main St. in Whitewater.

Currently, the UW-Whitewater College of Letters and Sciences is also sponsoring a “hygiene drive” through September 6. They are encouraging staff and community members to donate goods like deodorant, mouthwash, or feminine hygiene products.

The drive is focusing on items that can’t be purchased by the Warhawk Pantry from a food bank. Donation boxes are placed around campus in McGraw Hall, Upham Hall, and Laurentide Hall.

“Everyone is welcome, things happen to everyone. It’s a place where you can easily go in and get help with something. It’s meant to make everyone’s life just a little bit easier. There’s no criteria, it’s meant for you.” said Kristine Zaballos, an advisory board member.

The Warhawk Pantry is open to all students, faculty, and staff on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2p.m. to 5 p.m..

To contact the Warhawk Food Pantry for more information or to access to its services visit room 143 in Drumlin Dining Hall.