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COLUMBIA- There's a new food pantry in Columbia specifically serving MU students, faculty and staff.  It's called Tiger Pantry and Monday was its official opening.

Tiger Pantry was founded by MU student Nick Droege in early 2012. He told KOMU he saw a need for a food bank that could specifically serve the MU community. More than 15,000 students recieve need-based aid and thousands more faculty and staff are living below the poverty level.

Founder Nick Droege said the community played a huge part in bringing Tiger Pantry together.

"It's been awesome, we wouldn't have been able to do this without the help of our advisors, the community, the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, it's just been really great.

In addition to providing food for those in need, Tiger Pantry will be an educational resource for health and nutrition through MU's Wellness Resource Center. Clients can also use Tiger Pantry for financial advice, courtesy of the Office of Financial Success.

Monday's ceremony included a ribbon cutting and a tour of the new facility.  Tiger Pantry officially opens Tuesday, October 2nd.

To learn more about donating, visit the Tiger Pantry website at http://tigerpantry.missouri.edu/.