by Brooke Buchanan
The Food Pantry and Clothes Closet are in the process of relocation and reopening with Wellness Coordinator Pamela Santer now in charge.
These facilities do not have a designated room yet, but they will be located near the Multi Purpose room. They are set to open around December. The Food Pantry is open for all students, staff and faculty and does not require financial information.
“We have a lot of students trying to go to school on limited funds. At the end of the month, people often run out of food,” Santer said. “The Food Pantry is there to provide for them.”
In addition to the amenities that the Food Pantry provides, the Clothes Closet is a resource that can also be accessed to those who need it.
“The purpose of the Clothes Closet is to provide suitable business attire for our students to wear for an interview,” Santer said. “Students have limited income, so when it comes time that they’re graduating and they’re looking for a job, they often don’t have the business attire to wear to an interview.”
Donations to either the Food Pantry or Clothes Closet are accepted. Noah’s Arc Thrift Shop is willing to donate business attire to the Clothes Closet as a supplement to college donations as well.
The Food Pantry desperately needs restocked. In addition to food, the Food Pantry accepts personal hygiene items. Donations are accepted from students and faculty, as well as members of the community, and can be turned in to Pamela Santer in room 1535B.
Having a Food Pantry and Clothes Closet is important.
“We have to take care of our own first,” Santer said. “If students are worrying about where their food is coming from, its hard to study. I want students to be successful.”