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Bobby Bearcat visited the Bearcat Food Pantry Wednesday morning at its new location in the Student Union. (Photo by Carly Hostetter/Northwest Missouri State University)

Bobby Bearcat visited the Bearcat Food Pantry Wednesday morning at its new location in the Student Union. (Photo by Carly Hostetter/Northwest Missouri State University)

Nov. 28, 2018

Bearcat Food Pantry relocates to improve student accessibility

By Tara Garcia, communication assistant


The Bearcat Food Pantry has moved to the J.W. Jones Student Union to provide easier access to students and new hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Opened as the Pay it Forward Food Pantry in September 2016, the service had been located in the Material Distribution Center and was staffed by University Police. The food pantry provides a source of food and necessities for students and employees who may be experiencing food insecurity and hunger.

“Students asked for a location that is easily accessed and centrally located on campus,” Sue Nickerson, the executive secretary of student affairs and the food pantry coordinator, said. “The Union seemed to be an excellent choice as it is an area that most students are familiar with. We have an actual room for the Bearcat Food Pantry. The pantry will also offer bread, fresh fruits and vegetables at various times. We have more of a pantry look with cabinets and open shelving.”

Janay Orange, a senior public relations major from Kansas City, Missouri, and Northwest’s student regent, approached Nickerson with a request to move the pantry to the Student Union after surveying students about the location.

She says the new location will be able to accept more donations, allowing the pantry to stay open and full.

“We have more space, and I believe that alone will aid students if they need help,” Orange said. “For me, it is bringing a little taste of the Bearcat culture to it. The pantry is for the students and now we can work toward taking away the stigma that food pantries are negative. In reality, there is nothing bad about having another resource on campus to help our students live a little easier every day.”

In conjunction with Northwest’s 10th annual Holiday Tree Lighting at the Thomas Gaunt House, the Jasinski family is again focusing philanthropic efforts on giving to the Pay It Forward Fund and Bearcat Food Pantry. Donors may bring items to Northwest’s Office of University Marketing and Communication, located on the second floor of the Administration Building Nov. 26-29 or to the tree lighting, which begins at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

Food donations are accepted throughout the year in the Student Union, and monetary donations are accepted through the Office of University Advancement, 800 University Drive, Maryville, MO 64468. Funds to go to Food Pantry, 660.562.1248. Community members may find needed items and provide donations by visiting 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