RICHLAND, Wash. - A new and improved food pantry is now open at WSU Tri-Cities, thanks to a partnership with 2nd Harvest.
The Cougar Cupboard has been running since 2014, but the expansion will provide students with more options including fresh produce.
In 2016, a campus survey showed that 33 percent of students at WSU Tri-Cities experienced financial difficulty. Many students in the 2017 fall class also met high-risk factors for food insecurity.
"Food insecurity is a real problem on many campuses today including Tri-Cities," said WSU Tri-Cities chancellor Sandra Haynes.
The expanded food pantry is part of the school's Personal Food Security and Wellness Project which kicked off earlier this year. WSU Tri-Cities staff, faculty and volunteers will also be educating students and their families about health options, food preparation and more.
"This is not only about providing food to students but also about helping them make healthy decisions," said Chris Meiers, vice chancellor for student affairs at WSU Tri-Cities.
Students can sign up to shop at the Cougar Cupboard, or they can choose to have bags of food prepared and held for them at the Department of Student Financial and Support Services.
To make a request or to donate food to the pantry, click here.