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Northwest Missouri State University


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Northwest's Pay it Forward Food Pantry provides a source of food and necessities for students and employees who may be experiencing food insecurity and hunger. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Northwest's Pay it Forward Food Pantry provides a source of food and necessities for students and employees who may be experiencing food insecurity and hunger. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

    Sept. 21, 2017

    CSIS challenging employees to donate items to campus food pantry

    Northwest Missouri State University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) has launched a friendly competition with faculty and staff in other buildings on the campus to determine which building can donate the most items to the food pantry.

    Donors are encouraged to take items to a designated representative of their office building by Thursday, Oct. 5; building representatives should contact Dr. Nancy Zeliff, professor of computer science and information systems, at 660.562.1292 or nzeliff@nwmissouri.edu to arrange pickup of the items. CSIS student volunteers will then count the items and deliver them to the food pantry.

    Northwest opened its Pay it Forward Food Pantry in September 2016 to provide a source of food and necessities for students and employees who may be experiencing food insecurity and hunger.

    The initiative is spearheaded by the University’s Office of Student Affairs with a University Pay It Forward Committee organized in 2008 to assist students who are struggling financially and connect them with resources to be successful financially, socially and academically.

    The food pantry offers non-perishable foods, such as canned fruits and vegetables, boxed macaroni and cheese, and packaged goods. It also offers personal hygiene items, such as soap, shampoo, toilet tissue, feminine products and toothpaste.

    The Food Pantry Committee reports the items most needed at this time include peanut butter, spaghetti and pasta, chicken and tuna helper, complete boxed meals, canned tuna and chicken, cereal, ramen noodles, fruit cups, granola or breakfast bars, oatmeal, Pop-Tarts, fruit snacks and crackers. The food pantry also is in need of feminine hygiene products, shampoo, toothpaste, razors, deodorant and toilet paper.

    Donors are discouraged from offering canned goods and clothing.

    The food pantry, located in the Material Distribution Center adjacent to the University Police Department, is accessible from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and staffed by University Police. Northwest’s Pay It Forward Committee stocks and maintains the pantry shelves to ensure quality products are available.

    Students and employees interested in accessing the food pantry may visit the University Police front desk and ask for assistance. Students and employees must present their Bearcat Card to an officer, who will then provide access to the food pantry. 

    Northwest accepts food donations for the pantry at the Student Engagement Center in the J.W. Jones Student Union and at the University Police Department. Monetary donations to support the food pantry should be directed to the Northwest Foundation and are tax deductible; Northwest employees may give monetarily by completing a Faculty and Staff Annual Giving Campaign form and designating a gift to the Pay it Forward Food Pantry.

    For more information about the food pantry, contact the Pay It Forward Committee at foodpantry@nwmissouri.edu or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/studentaffairs/foodpantry/


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468