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FHSU student food pantry opens with 411 items

10/28/2012

Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

Fort Hays State University collected 411 food items for the new food pantry in Forsyth Library as part of Tigers in Service's first Food Drive Face-off.

For every 20 non-perishable food items, each organization got one service hour. Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society took first with 154 items, Delta Zeta sorority second with 73 and National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association third with 63.

The food exchange is a community-based effort, according to Food and Hunger Initiative student coordinator Brendon McCampbell. He said efforts have started to create an exchange that serves not just as a food resource but as a marketplace of ideas, recipes and cooking classes.

"We're trying to increase the food culture on campus," he said.

FHSU's Food and Hunger Initiatives was funded through a Student Government Association educational opportunity grant last spring and is in its first semester of operation on campus.

In addition to canned and boxed foods, the center, which has a refrigerator, also will serve as an exchange for fresh produce when available, from the campus garden.

Food items can be donated to the pantry throughout the year and are available to students in need. The pantry is open during library hours.