Food Pantry open to serve students

Northwestern State University’s Food Pantry is fully stocked and ready to serve students. Hours for the fall semester are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday with a staff of student and faculty/staff volunteers. The NSU Food Pantry is located on the south side of Trisler Power Plant on NSU’s Central Avenue.

The Pantry received a large donation from Housing personnel this week when staff delivered a truck load of non-perishable food items to the Food Pantry. Director of Housing Stephanie Dyjack recently toured the facility to learn the needs of the students and purchased items with programming funds that were unused in the spring when students left campus. Dyjack shopped for complete meal items, such as ingredients for a soup or a noodle bowl, and things easily prepared in a microwave.

The Food Pantry also stocks personal hygiene items, toiletries and cleaning supplies and is open to all NSU students and BPCC@NSU students.

The NSU Food Pantry was created five years ago as a class project by a group of social work students who recognized that some of their peers were struggling with food insecurity while stretching their money to cover other expenses.

Donations are always welcome. To obtain a list of needed items, donors should contact Director of Student Affairs Reatha Cox at coxr@nsula.edu or Professor of Social Work Dr. Denise Bailey atgarlandd@nsula.edu. Monetary donations are also accepted through the NSU Foundation. Donors can visit http://www.northwesternstatealumni.com and support the NSU Food Pantry in the Make A Gift section and specifying the NSU Food Pantry.

Pictured above: Staff from NSU Housing delivered a truckload of non-perishable food items to the NSU Food Pantry this week. From left are Helen Kassahun, Resident Assistant; Anna McMillon, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; Emme Jones, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; Stephanie Dyjack, Director of Housing; Hunter Horton, Director of Leasing; Ashley Fortenberry, Assistant Director of Residence Life; Natalee Cook, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; Klay Zumwalt, President’s Leadership Program; Rashiqa Abdel-Jabbar, President’s Leadership Program; Abbie Butler, President’s Leadership Program; Grace Gosserand, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; Jack Wright, Demon Volunteers, and Natalie Mangandi, President’s Leadership Program. The pantry will be open Monday-Friday and staffed by volunteers from several student groups and faculty/staff.