The food pantry is set to open October 2018 to support OU students, faculty and staff. The Golden Grizzlies Pantry will also offer informational resources for basic needs; including housing, transportation, counseling, and legal services available on campus and in the community.
Donations will be used for the initial operation costs and to ensure a healthy supply of non-perishable food items for the opening. Please consider making a gift to help support the following needs:
• $10.00 provides one individual one meal per day for one week
• $25.00 provides two individuals one meal per day, and personal care items for a day
• $50.00 provides one month access to the food pantry, personal care items for the month, and one voucher toward the student organic farm
• $100.00 provides one individual access to the food pantry for one semester and donor acknowledgement on the wall of donors located in pantry for one year
• $225.00 provides one individual access to the food pantry for one semester, personal care items for the semester, two vouchers toward the student organic farm, and donor acknowledgement on the wall of donors located in pantry for one year
• $500.00 provides one individual access to the food pantry for two semesters, personal care items for two semesters, four vouchers toward the student organic farm, and donor acknowledgement on the wall of donors located in pantry for one year
Food pantries on college campuses are a growing trend. While the expense to pursue higher education increases, many college students need extra support to remain food secure. Recent studies show a decrease in the number of “traditional” college students who receive support from their families. With rising fees, textbook costs, and living expenses, it has become increasingly difficult for students to balance the costs of living with the costs of a university degree. This forces students to make difficult decisions for themselves and their families. Nationwide, an average of 1 out of 4 college students reported experiencing food insecurity at some point in their college education, and this is true even here at OU.