New Food Pantry Targets MU
COLUMBIA - Interviews are taking place Wednesday to find coordinators willing to help with a new Tiger Pantry. Nick Droege, director of student services for the Missouri Students Association feels it is time for the university to join the twenty-five others who provide food for those who need it. The food pantry would be within walking distance of the university, making it more accessible to students and faculty who may have trouble providing for themselves or their families. Droege says the location is still being negotiated but the food pantry will open in the fall.
Droege and others working on the project aren't sure how large the need is, but are focused on the fact that there is one at all. "In our central pantry we know we are helping to provide food for students...there is a need no doubt," says Peggy Kirkpatrick, executive director of The Food Bank. Kirkpatrick isn't worried about the new pantry taking away any food or help The Food Bank currently receives. "The University of Missouri staff and faculty have been major partners in our services, so if anything it will encourage more people to get involved," says Kirkpatrick. The Food Bank currently serves as an advisory board for the Tiger Pantry.
The pantry will more specifically target undergraduates without financial means, graduate students with low income salaries, and international students with little assistance. The pantry will require a Mizzou ID to receive service.