Wood Center Food Pantry serves students

Lisa Latronica explaining to a student how the Food Pantry works.

The Wood Center Food Pantry, headed by the Student Activity Office and Nanook Diversity and Action Center is open four days a week for the Spring semester.

This extension of hours is the result of having more student workers that are available to keep the food pantry open. As per data collected by the NDAC and SLI in 2017, a total estimate of 160+ students receive donations from the food pantry and 60-70 percent of those students are consistent visitors.

The largest hindrance for the food pantry has been receiving consistent donations throughout the year according to Amy Cross, Diversity and Prevention Coordinator and Lisa Latronica, Student Activities Coordinator. Lack of donation consistency can make opening the food pantry complicated. Although there are students that depend on the food pantry, year-round summer and spring donations are significantly lower than donations received in the fall.

For donations, the food pantry requires items be shelf stable, individually packaged, unexpired and unopened. Large canned goods and bulk whole packaged items cannot be distributed to individual students.

Food isn’t the only thing that comes from the food pantry. They also hand out toiletries, such as menstrual products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, chapstick, toilet paper and more.

The difference between the Fairbanks Food Bank and the Wood Center Food Pantry is that they serve two different demographics. Whereas the food bank is open to the community, the food pantry is strictly a student resource. Students with families or children however are often referred to the food bank because they have the capacity to serve larger groups of people.

Donations can be made in cash or canned goods. The money collected from the tip jars at Arctic Java is also donated to the food pantry, and there are food pantry boxes located throughout the UAF campus.

Wood Center Food Pantry Spring 2018 hours:

Monday, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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