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WIU Food Pantry Fall Hours

September 5, 2018

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MACOMB, IL – In the spirit of Western Illinois University's core value of social responsibility, the student organization "WIU Food Pantry" is open and ready for business for the Fall 2018 semester. The pantry provides free, non-perishable food items to the WIU community, including students, faculty and staff.

The WIU Food Pantry is open every Thursday, from noon-5 p.m., and is located in the former ticket booth, southeast of Hanson Field at the end of the "Pit" parking lot. Food is available to all individuals with a valid WIU identification card, regardless of income.

The student organization runs the daily operations of the food pantry with the motto of "Students Feeding Students." Students who are part of the "WIU Food Pantry" student organization are provided the opportunity to practice knowledge and skills they have learned in class, acquire volunteer hours, participate in service learning and build their resume. All WIU students are welcome to join the student organization.

Members of the student organization are responsible for staffing the pantry, procurement of food, the development of policies and procedures, sanitation, fundraising, food drives and communication with the public. The student organization is advised by Assistant Professor Emily Shupe from Dietetics and Carrie Lowderman from Alumni Programs.

Students interested in joining the student organization can contact Erin Lee, president of the "WIU Food Pantry" at, Casey Sollenberger, operations manager at or email Those who unable to visit during the regular hours of operation, and are in need of assistance, can email the food pantry at

Donations both food and monetary donations are accepted. If donating food, please check the expiration date to ensure that the food is safe to consume.
The food pantry works with a Feeding America Program, "River Bend," to procure food. With each $1 donated, the pantry can provide five meals to those in need.

To contact the pantry with donations, email Monetary donations can be mailed to Emily Shupe c/o WIU Food Pantry at 140 Knobaluch Hall, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455.

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