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A local college food pantry is recovering after what they described as a food shortage crisis. Now the pantry is taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

The sparcity of canned goods on the United Campus Ministries Food Pantry shelves is typical the day after students go shopping three days out of the week.

“Last week was the very first time we had to close it completely,” Jileigha Posley said.   

Jileigha’s been with the pantry close to it’s start back in 2014. Her position went from student worker at the Campus Ministries, strictly to food pantry coordinator, you can imagine how she felt when the pantry had no items to give to students.

“To depend on that and then to get here and know that, ‘hey, they don’t have it this week’ that’s sad, I didn’t like that, but now we have all these donations,” she said.

Word spread fast about the shortage through indiana state university’s announcements and through letters to local churches and the donations came pouring in.

“Hopefully that never happens again,” Jileigha said.

Jileigha works with graduate assistants like Garien Woods to make sure the shortage doesn’t happen again. They plan to have monthly donation events with campus organizations and local churches from here on out. But they’re still amazed with the community’s support.

“Every day since then, there have been donations, so that’s really, very helpful,” Woods said.

Woods says with the community understanding the purpose of the pantry’s visions, it’s easy to bond together. His recent trip to South Africa put food shortage into persepctive once coming back to the U.S.

“If I can make a contribution in another continent, I should be able to make one in my own.”

 The pantry typically sees 20 to 30 students a week who can go shopping on a point system, simply by using their student I.D.s. The food pantry is open to all Vigo County college students it’s open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
 

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