LA CROSSE, Wis., June 16, 2020 – A new report from Western’s department of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement shows use of Western’s on-campus food pantry, the Cavalier Cupboard, rose dramatically during the 2019-2020 academic year.
The annual report showed the total amount served roughly doubled from the previous year, with 2,128 served in 2019-2020, compared to 1,053 to the year prior. In total, 246 households were served through the year. In addition to these figures, 88 food packages were distributed during the cupboard closure due to COVID-19, serving 188 people between March 17-May 5.
The Cavalier Cupboard’s location shifted last fall from the second floor in the Integrated Technology Center to the second floor of the Student Success Center, inside Western’s Learning Commons.
“Western is working to become more poverty-informed as a college,” said Kari Reyburn, director of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement at Western. “Although we had a food pantry for the past six years, this year we made it even easier for students to find, access, and use. We don’t believe the need among our students has changed much over six years but our use increased by our intentional efforts to serve them better.”
The Cavalier Cupboard was started in 2014 by a Western Technical College student who recognized the need to provide food for students. Since opening, the pantry has served over 5,000 students and their families.
For more information about the Cavalier Cupboard, visit the website www.westerntc.edu/food-pantry.