Wood Center Food Pantry open for goods

Lakeidra Chavis/Sun Star Reporter
Dec. 10, 2013

At the Wood Center Food Pantry, students can get food for free with no strings attached.

Senior Social Work student Juan Cruz partnered with the Student Activities Office earlier this semester to create the Wood Center Food Pantry. The food pantry, which supplies dry goods,  officially opened late last month.

“The food pantry is where students can go when they’re are in need of a little food assistance,” Cruz said.

Cruz said he was inspired after reading an article about college students needing food assistance.

The food pantry is located at the corner of the Wood Center front desk and the pool tables. Students can use the pantry as often as they want.

When students arrive at the pantry, they are given five goods: a protein, fruit, vegetables, snacks and soup. The food in the pantry includes beans, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, canned fruit and canned soup.

The only requirement is that the student is taking at least one credit at UAF, and the credit can be distance, according to Cruz. Students must show their student identification and are asked to fill out a small anonymous survey.

“It’s just to get a little demographic for us to see where most of the need is,” Cruz said.

Approximately 14 students have used the pantry since it opened, according to Cruz.

The pantry is funded by ASUAF, the Leadership, Involvement, Volunteer and Experience Office and SAO. Most of the items in the pantry are donated by students and organizations.

Although Cruz is leaving after this fall semester, SAO student assisant Haley Hanson will take over the food pantry operations for spring semester.

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