Pantry at the Women's Center
Pantry at the Women's Center
Established in 2010 by the Women’s Center Advisory Board, The Women's Center Pantry will provide 1-3 days of food staples such as pasta, sauces, canned fruits and vegetables, rice, tuna, cereal etc., available free of charge to students, faculty and staff in need. While female identifying campus community members are the focus of the initiative, the pantry is available to anyone in our campus community in need. Pantry visitors should bring their Kent State ID Card.
This initiative is not intended to duplicate county support systems already in place, but to fill in the gaps for those in transition of crisis. If an individual needs additional or ongoing support we will help connect them make the connections to local resources.
This initiative grew out of the co-creation of the pantry resources by faculty, staff and students - and the idea that it is not just a hand out or charity. This is about being a responsible member of the Kent State Community. We have the opportunity to be a collection point to provide a variety of resources and when we share we all benefit. We have all needed something at sometime and it's nice to know there is a place to go to get what we need. If we help provide for the basics, our community members can get back to focusing on their success in the classroom. Through conversations with pantry guest, staff at the Women's Center quickly became aware that the opportunity to support students needs extended beyond a food pantry. Through collaborative efforts with other campus and community groups we have also been able to incorporate the following additional resources and support.
Diapers: Many county resources do not provide diapers to those in need. Parents faced with the inability to buy diapers have few good options. Many will use them for longer than recommended to try and make them last longer which can be detrimental to a child's health. During the month of November the Women's Center and the Child Development Center support a campus Diaper Drive. Throughout the year, diapers and other children's items are provided for the Kent State Community at the Women's Center.
Menstruation Products: This is another added expense for those who are trying to make ends meet and don't have the additional resources to pay for often expensive and heavily taxed menstruation products. The Women's Center and the School of Public Health hold an annual drive for products to make sure we have them for those who need them and to raise awareness of the added burden placed on those who menstrate to pay for these products. Menstration is part of a natural body process that supports how we all got here. We want to further reduce the stigma and make sure that no one goes without what they need.
Please contact Cassandra Pegg-Kirby, firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-672-9230 with inquiries or to make arrangement for donation.
The SHARE project and the Pantry operate year round when the University is open.
10 am - 4 pm
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