By Brian Boye, Managing Editor
Fisher’s food pantry aims to provide food to students and to decrease hunger and its negative effects on campus.
Shannon Putnam, a Fisher student who graduated in December 2017, started the food pantry for her research-based writing class with the help of Campus Ministry and Campus Life. It used to be run out of the Oasis 511 office but recently moved to its current location, Campus Center across from the dining hall and next to Mainstage.
When Putnam graduated, junior Maggie Enos took over as the student who takes primary responsibility for the food pantry. Chair of American Studies Mark Rice serves as a connection between Enos and other faculty members to spread updates on the status of the food pantry.
“Food insecurity on any campus is a major issue, not that it is as talked about as it should be,” said Enos. “But there definitely are students who attend campus and just simply don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The purpose of our food pantry specifically at Fisher is to give those people who either can’t afford a meal plan or just don’t have the means in general to get food, a place to get it.”
Although the door is typically shut, it is unlocked and entering is encouraged. Some of the food found in the food pantry include soup, chips, tuna fish, pasta, fruits, and vegetables. There are bags in the room provided by the bookstore to carry food as well.
Additionally, anyone can donate. One can simply drop by and place food on the shelves and go. There is also a website to donate money to the pantry.
The food pantry has a twitter account (@SJFCFoodPantry). When there is leftover food from club events, the account tweets what food is available and where it is located.
Other than food being needed to survive, this necessity also provides other positive effects.
“Just being able to feed one person, those effects can shine throughout their grades, their social life, their home life,” said Enos. “There’s just so many benefits of knowing where your next meal is coming from, and being comfortable with reaching out for help sometimes.”