While the images on TV and in movies make college look like a time of parties and never ending fun, for many students it’s a time of working multiple jobs to pay for the education that will give them and their families a better future.
Those students will have times where they have to choose between paying for classes or food. A 2018 study by the Wisconsin Hope Lab found that 36% of college students are experiencing problems with hunger.
Missouri State has recognized that need and works to help those students through Bear Pantry. This food pantry is open five days a week in the Plaster Student Union to help the students who otherwise won’t have nutritious meals to eat.
Currently, the pantry is putting out a call for donations of non-perishable food items. Specific items asked for in social media postings include: cereal, rice, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, canned meats, and canned vegetables.
The pantry also provides students with basic living necessities such as soap, toothbrushes, shampoo and more. A list of items available at Bear Pantry can be seen on their website.
You can also donate money to the pantry to purchase items that are in short supply.
Students are able to seek help from Bear Pantry nine times a semester.
The pantry is a partnership between MSU’s Center for Community Engagement and the Drew Lewis Foundation.