College students in Wayne without food invited to pantry

September 22, 2018

WAYNE — Wayne State College students who find themselves short on food can help alleviate that situation by visiting a food pantry set up on the college campus.

The food pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday and is located in the basement of Morey Hall.

Students who attend Wayne State College are eligible to visit the pantry and receive free food.

“It doesn’t matter if you live off campus or on campus or even if you have a meal plan or not,” said Amanda Jaixen, volunteer coordinator. “It’s open to any student.”

The food includes boxed foods, canned foods, fresh produce like vegetables or eggs, pancake mixes, ramen noodles and other items.

It also offers items like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, Kleenexes and toothbrushes. Sometimes there are even pans or other dishes available.

In the winter, it is hoped to do a coat drive so students can have access to coats, hats or mittens.

“We do know that food insecurity is really big, especially on college campuses,” said Quinneka Leethe, the college’s director of residence life. “So, this is a supplemental way for us to work to making sure all students get the foods they need.”

Being a college student can make it hard to afford the foods needed on a day-to-day basis. That is exactly why the food pantry is so essential for students.

“It’s hard to get food because you’re in college and you’re trying to pay for tuition and all your other bills,” Jaixen said. “It’s just nice knowing that WSC has that resource for them.”

The food pantry usually gets about 10 people every Friday. It is hoped more students will visit the pantry if they have a need.

Volunteers are always welcome by either working an hour or two, or just spreading the word about the pantry being open and on campus.

“Hopefully, if we get enough volunteers, we can open this up on Sundays and have this utilized more,” Jaixen said.

The food pantry has been around for over three years at Wayne State. The residence life department is now in charge of it.

“We have been so thankful for the Support Staff Senate and Professional Staff Senate. They do a drive, as well as Student Athletic Advisory Counselor Club,” Lee said. “They always do a drive in October and get a ton of great things.”

Anyone wishing to donate food or anything else can drop it off at either Lee’s office in Residence Life on the catwalk in the Student Center or on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the pantry.

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