WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita State Shockers will now have access to another source of food on campus, thanks to an initiative from Student Government Association and donations from local companies.
The initiative began with founding chairperson Kiah Duggins in the spring of 2015, and continued with chairpersons Grace Sirois and Kyler Sanders. The pantry offers a place on campus for students to go get food and nutrition if they need it.
A survey by SGA revealed two in six students would use the pantry once a month and five in six international students would use the pantry once a month. 100 percent of the student population said they would support the pantry.
“I think this really just shows compassion to fellow students. We want Shockers helping Shockers, and we want people to be able to get the resources they need. Not just the educational resources and not just mental health resources but also resources to sustain their body during their time in college,” Paige Hungate, student body president said.
The Shocker food pantry was formerly housed in the Heskett center and a location in the Fairmount towers. It was then moved to the Student Government Association office, but on Wednesday, SGA relocated the pantry to Grace Wilkie Hall room 103.
“Putting the food locker here just makes sense just because it’s already a student service center,” vice president of SGA Breck Towner said.
Grace Wilkie hall already holds student services for veterans and disability services. Towner said, it just made sense.
All food in the pantry as well as the refrigerator and freezer were donations. SGA hopes to keep the donations coming to have options for hungry students.
“Our hope is to see the space in Grace Wilkie 103 become a resource locker for campus. We want to expand our capabilities to hygiene products and clothing,” Towner said.
Eventually, SGA will have an app that students swipe their IDs, and it tracks food going out, so they can better track the food to bring in.
The overall goal is to allow students to focus on studies and classes, not on hunger.