The Regis Cupboard aims to improve student food insecurities on campus
Hunger and food insecurity are realities everywhere, even on college campuses. This fall, Regis will join the more than 200 higher education institutions confronting these issues by launching a student food pantry on the Northwest Denver Campus called the Cupboard.
“Nationwide, more than 70 percent of students are post-traditional and 50 percent of those are living below the poverty line. For many of these students, food insecurity is a real problem,” said Fr. Mark McGregor S.J., director of Regis Military and Veteran Services.
The Cupboard, initially funded by a grant from The Denver Post Community Foundation, will not only provide free meals and snacks for students and their families who are facing food insecurities, it will highlight an issue that often is ignored – college hunger.
"Our goal is to deal with the reality of hunger on an ongoing basis and also provide a source for nutritious food on campus," said McGregor.
The Cupboard, located in the Dayton Memorial Library Room 114, will allow Military and Veteran Services to partner with other University departments as well as faculty, staff, students and the larger community to tap into a shared passion for helping people and also raise awareness about reducing hunger, food insecurities and food waste.
Donations for the Cupboard can be made directly to the library. The most-needed items include:
- Items high in protein (canned tuna or chicken, peanut butter) Dry goods (grains, rice, cereal)
- Soups (canned, Ramen Noodle Soup, Cup Noodles)
- Canned fruits or vegetables
- Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, shampoo, feminine hygiene products)
- Items for special dietary needs (gluten free, dairy free, low-sodium)
To learn more about the Cupboard’s mission or to find out how to become a volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.964.5354.