Pantry receives 8,000+ items from residence hall students

Friday, June 9, 2017
Pantry receives 8,000+ items from residence hall students

The Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+ has full shelves thanks to donations from residence hall students.

Last month nearly 6,000 students moved out of the residence halls at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A partnership between the Residence Hall Association, Goodwill and the Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+ offered students the chance to donate items on-site that they didn't want to move with them.

Over the course of approximately three weeks, donation bins collected 19,638 pounds of goods for Goodwill and more than 8,000 items for the pantry. Items commonly donated to the pantry included noodle soup, hot cocoa, oatmeal, cereal, soup, tuna, rice mixes, pasta and other snacks.

"We very much appreciate all of the donations we received at the end of the school year from students," said Megan Scherline, program coordinator for the pantry. "Because of these donations, we tripled the number of items that we have in the pantry. Students who use the pantry were happy to see the pantry fully stocked."

While residence life has collected donation items for nearly 30 years, the partnership with the campus food pantry was new. Organizers say they plan to continue collecting goods and will maintain partnerships with both Goodwill and the pantry in the future.

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