EKU expands food pantry to help hungry students

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Eastern Kentucky University is expanding its food pantry program to help students in need of food.

Research shows one out of every six students deal with food insecurity at some point during their college career.

"That basically means that students don't necessarily know where their next meal is coming from," says Colonel's Cupboard coordinator Dylan Bogard, "They don't know when they're going to be able to buy food to stock in their residence or their apartment."

Colonel's Cupboard was created in 2014 to combat the problem in an effort to make sure no Eastern Kentucky students go hungry.

"Last year alone we served about 140 students here in the food pantry, and as we continue to grow we're actually seeing our numbers rise," says Bogard.

Students can apply online to receive pre-packed boxes filled with weeks worth of food. The program also points students in the direction of other food pantries if they are in need of assistance. The program's increased popularity has prompted organizers to launch an expansion March 1.

"We're doing a grand re-opening which will include our new on-campus clothing bank and toiletry items that students might need as well."

The Colonel's Cupboard is located on the second floor of Commonwealth Hall.