New food pantry opens at Washburn

(KSNT Photo/Rocky Arnold)

TOPEKA (KSNT) – An on campus food pantry is now open at Washburn University.

Washburn President Dr. Jerry Farley helped cut the ribbon for the pantry known as the Exchange in the lobby of the Henderson Learning Resources Center.

It’s the first new piece of a student driven hunger alleviation and nutrition education initiative known as “Bods Feeding Bods”.

The idea came from Kelsey Rose, a senior psychology major and how college can be a difficult time for students with many long hours between classes, tests and writing papers.

“A lot of students have to go above and beyond that and work a full time job to provide for themselves and their family and they’re still not making it, they’re still not getting enough food and so we hope that we can help with that by providing the food.”

Any student wanting to get food can come to the pantry on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings.

There are no restrictions on who can get food, so long as they have an active Washburn ID.

There are collection bins across campus for students and professors to donate food.

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