By donating, you are providing Boise State students with free, nourishing food items with dignity, respect, and care.
The Campus Food Pantry offers a variety of fresh produce, refrigerated goods, canned and boxed foods, snack options, and personal hygiene products.
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In 2020, Boise State University participated in the #RealCollege survey, where 28 percent of student respondents reported being food insecure. As the pantry continued to gain awareness across campus during the coronavirus pandemic, an influx of students began to utilize this resource.
During the first two months of the fall 2021 semester, the pantry has had 2,155 visits, serving over 700 students. This is a substantial increase in usage from over the summer months.
As the demand for food has grown, so has the pantry.
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Over this past year, the Campus Food Pantry has made drastic changes to increase capacity and continue to meet student needs.
We've hired four part-time student staff to maintain daily operations of the pantry, a part-time student coordinator, as well as a full-time staff member, Michelle Cain, to serve as the Student Basic Needs Coordinator for Boise State University. The additional staff dedicated to serving pantry users has increased capacity, and allowed our team to accept larger donations, drives, and partnerships.
The pantry has also purchased a commercial refrigerator, and additional shelving to allow for more storage and refrigerated food and beverages. This purchase has granted the pantry with an opportunity to participate in the Idaho Foodbank's Food Rescue Program. This program connects local businesses with our pantry, to accept surplus food and hygiene items that the pantry can then distribute to Boise State students. Many of these donations include: fresh produce, pre-made sandwiches and wraps, dairy products and bread.
By donating, you are supporting our mission, "Every Student. Every Bronco. A Full Plate."
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