Student Life joins Wellness Club to launch Community Pantry
by Danielle Castillo
Assistant Content Editor
With Covid 19 measures beginning to roll back and more resources available at Rochester University, the Center for Student Life has teamed with the Health and Wellness Club to provide support for those experiencing food insecurity on campus.
Students can now find a small food pantry located in the Atrium. The pantry contains toiletries, personal hygiene products and food. "Take what you need. Bring what you can" is the motto. The pantry is funded mainly by donations. Staff, faculty and students are all encouraged to contribute when they can.
“Help us keep it stocked and neat!” Erica Suszek, director of Student Success and Well-being said.
Alyx LaBranche, treasurer of the Health and Wellness Club, said, “I really hope more people start to contribute to it. But I also appreciate the simplicity of it even being an available asset on campus.”
The pantry was created after students came to Suszek and suggested it. “We, staff and faculty, can’t always predict what is needed, so speak up and we will listen and do what we can," she said.
Suszek said she hopes the pantry will continue to help RU build a beloved community. “In addition to providing the student body with necessities, we hope to promote generosity, self-sufficiency, and instill hope.”
LaBranche encouraged students who are in a position to support the pantry to do so, “You can bring perishable and non-perishable food items. We have a fridge located in the Atrium for cold donations. We accept all forms of personal care or household essential products as well.”
Products in high demand are individually wrapped ramen, protein shakes, string cheese, mac 'n cheese, frozen meals, non-perishable foods, microwaveable frozen meals and small snacks. Items like shampoo, contact solution, deodorant and travel-size hygiene products are also welcome. Feminine products are available in the Center for Student Life.