December 20, 2018
West Chester University’s Resource Pantry has had an impressive semester in its efforts to support students in need with donated food, winter and career clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and monetary donations. Organized campus collections usually reap the largest tallies of donated items, and the Resource Pantry is counting its blessings that so many students and WCU employees readily give to those drives. Here are some of this semester’s highlights:
Operation S.N.O.W. (Student Needs Over Winter)
A host of campus organizations partnered to collect donations of food and personal care items in the Operation S.N.O.W. program, now in its second year. It supports students who stay in residence halls (thanks to the Office of Residence Life and Housing) because they do not have homes to return to during the University’s winter break. In general, these students are regulars at the Resource Pantry. Among the products gathered:
Resource Pantry Benefit Concert
Toni’s Turkey Trot
A 5K run/walk that traverses campus and adjoining streets, the Turkey Trot is named for Tori Nuccio, Interim Associate Director of Financial Aid and the Single Point of Contact for homeless and foster youth at WCU. The third annual run was held Nov. 8.
Building Community Day
Aramark held a “Building Community Day” drive in October, bringing in 600 pounds (actually, just six-tenths of a pound under 600) of food donations from employees, New Street Catering, and the West Chester community.
Amazon Wish List
The Resource Pantry will remain open throughout the University’s winter break, and will only close from Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1. The Resource Pantry resides within the Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs, and is supported by the Office of Financial Aid, Division of Student Affairs, and very generous donors through the WCU Foundation.