Volunteer food pantry feeds university students

CREATED Sep 13, 2013

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A food pantry operated by volunteers on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point serves students who may find themselves short on cash for groceries.

The Cupboard is open once again this school year after serving nearly 250 students during its first full year of operation in 2012. Students made more than 900 visits to The CupBoard and took home nearly 10,300 pounds of food last year.

The pantry's operations coordinator Chris Slattery says about 100 pounds of food was distributed last week during the start of school -- more than organizers expected.

Slattery tells Stevens Point Journal Media the pantry gets donations from individuals and businesses throughout the community. From pasta to peanut butter, the pantry offers a variety of food, and also carries toiletries, such as toothpaste and shampoo.

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Information from: Stevens Point Journal, http://www.stevenspointjournal.com