A new student-centered food pantry on campus, Hungry Like the Wolf, opened this June. One of its goals—in addition to aiding hungry students—is to raise awareness about the food insecurity on campus.
Another challenge facing students, is the fact that the nearest grocery stores are located in Independence, and often students need transportation to and from Monmouth. Currently the Campus Garden Club has offered to provide fresh produce, and faculty have volunteered to teach budgeting, nutrition, and cooking classes. Research indicates food insecurity and poor nutrition lead to lower grade point averages (nal.usda.gov/fnic/pubs/learning.pdf).
To help students stay informed about special events, volunteer opportunities, and potential classes, visit the webpage at facebook.com/wouhungrylikethewolf. If you'd like to contribute to the pantry, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Typically, the supplies most needed include peanut butter, jam or jelly, canned pasta, granola or breakfast bars, coffee, spaghetti, crackers, toilet paper and paper towels, packaged or shelf-stable fruit, shampoo and conditioner, baking mixes, cereal, laundry detergent, and dish soap.