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Food pantry open again to serve students, campus community

Submitted by mzuercher on Wed, 02/23/2022 - 12:37
Student Life and Admissions staff visit the reopened Thresher Food Pantry.

The campus food pantry, now called Thresher Food Pantry, has reopened almost exactly two years after the pandemic closed it in March 2020.

The food pantry was launched Nov. 4, 2019, when two social work students, now graduates, and a faculty member met with Vice President for Student Life Samuel Haynes to talk about a problem they had identified: student food insecurity.

Akiyaa Hagen-Depusoir and Sophia Minder had seen that hunger was an issue for some Bethel students. Their proposal, backed by others in the social work department, was to open a food pantry on campus.

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