Sac State Launches New ‘Food Pantry’ Service to Help Struggling Students

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A new service has been launched at Sacramento State to help students struggling to pay for school and living expenses have a little comfort knowing where their next meal will come from.

The Associated Students Food Pantry launched Tuesday and more than 90 students have already utilized the service.

First time shopper and junior Freedom Allison is benefiting from the pantry.

"I have no food. I've been pretty hungry this last week. Chicken and rice for the last week is pretty much what I've had. I'm excited to have a little bit of variety," Allison said.

The pantry is open to registered students with a valid OneCard. Each week, students can use up to 16 points on food and toiletries. Items range from one to three points depending on what they are -- one point  for side dishes and basic necessities, two points for a meal and three points for meals that can last more than one day.

Students can choose four items that are one point, three items that are two points and two items that are three points. Getting duplicates of items is discouraged to keep a variety of goods for everyone.

"Student hunger is likely something they're struggling with on an ongoing basis, so providing them those meals for more than just one day is our goal," said Director of Student Engagement and Outreach Davin Brown.

The idea of the pantry has been years in the making and donations from students, alumni, staff and the community have helped stock the shelves.

The Food Pantry is looking for donations to keep the program going.

You can donate items by going to the pantry located at Yosemite Hall during business hours Tuesdays or Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. or call (916) 278-3978 for other drop off locations.