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MARQUETTE– Last year over 1,000 NMU students took a survey that found 40-percent say they’ve gone hungry at some point. In an effort to fix that, the school now has a food pantry to anyone in the NMU community in need of food, hygiene and cleaning products.
Today was the soft opening date and a grand opening is planned for next semester. People picking up items just need to fill out a form and collect what they need.
Connor Loftus, ASNMU Vice President says, “They were very gracious. They were happy to have this. Meal plans can be very expensive on campus. Depending on where you live, you’re not required to have a meal plan so this provides students with a good option of providing some food when money is tight.”
The pantry is located in room 101B of Gries Hall. It will be open again next Tuesday from 4-7.
When it is fully running next semester it will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Organizers say they could use more vegetarian options such as dried beans and rice.