According to a study from the College & University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA), nearly 30 percent of students across the country experience food insecurity while on campus.
Butler University’s Volunteer Center recently opened a food pantry for students in need. Vice President of Student Affairs Frank Ross said his department is dedicated to caring for students and meeting their needs as a whole person which includes all dimensions of wellness.
“When you look at a food pantry, it really is here to meet a fundamental need helping our students have access to nutritional food when they need it, which allows them to really focus on what matters most, and that’s their educational experience at Butler,” Ross said.
The food pantry has served 70 students in less than two weeks of operation. Food packages will be privately distributed four times per month. Feedback has been positive with many students saying the pantry has allowed them to afford other necessities and focus on their classes.