Panther Pantry

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Panther Pantry

In the Spring of 2018, a food insecurities task force was created to determine the need of our students and the extent of insecurity on our campus for food and necessary items.

Based on the task force's findings that 16% of surveyed students had low food insecurity, a recommendation was made to establish a food and necessity pantry on campus.

The pantry is a recognized student organization that is operated by a student executive board. Its operation is run out of the Office of Student Life and Event Services in Maucker Union and is fully funded through donations.

The Purpose

The purpose of the Panther Pantry is to ensure that UNI students are able to get their basic food and necessity needs met. We recognize that in order to succeed in the classroom, and here at UNI, students need to have access to food.

Food Insecurity

Food insecurity refers to USDA's measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active healthy life. Food-Insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. It may reflect a household's need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing, medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods (Feeding America, 2018). For our students these trade offs also include tuition, books, and other school expenses. 

High food security means that a person has no limitations gaining access to the food they need. Very low food security means there are multiple reasons why a person is unable to access the food they need, resulting in inconsistent eating patterns and reducing the amount of food they eat.

Quick Facts

The Panther Pantry continued their strong relationship with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. This partnership allowed the Panther Pantry to purchase all food and necessity items at $0.19 per pound.

During 2020-21, 27.3% of Panther Pantry users identified as International students from 16 different countries.

Since August 2021, we have had 194 students use the pantry for a total of 503 visits.

1,548 pounds of food has been distributed from the pantry since classes have started this year.

How you can Help

You can support the Panther Pantry by making a gift and by sharing this project on your own social network. Giving Tuesday is all about helping others and we appreciate your dedication to UNI through your gifts.

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