When I first started volunteering for FRN, I did not understand how much of an impact it would make. The process is so simple, yet the impact is so profound. I started picking up bagels from Einstein’s on campus last semester and taking them straight to St. Vincent DePaul food pantry. Let me tell you, carrying 35 lbs of bagels around campus is a humbling experience.
Since the opening of FRN last January, 1,938 lbs of food has been recovered. That’s 1,491 meals or enough food to feed a single person for over 3 years. Being a part of something that is directly changing the lives of so many people is so rewarding. And now with the grand opening of Cardinal Cupboard, which is the free, sustainable food and resource pantry on UofL’s campus for cardinal staff, faculty and students,I am even more excited to help people directly affected by hunger or lack of resources in our UofL community. By opening the pantry Student Involvement is letting the UofL community of students, faculty and staff know that students on campus genuinely care about them and their wellbeing.
I am looking forward to being a part of this new chapter at UofL and seeing the profound impact FRN and the Cupboard will continue to have.
Volunteers are always welcome! Some of the tasks include manning the pantry in the SAC, recovering food on campus, and helping to collect food donated by community members in various drives we will be arranging. All the information is on the ELSB website! https://www.uoflelsb.org/cardinal-cupboard.html
Green Initiatives Associate Director (18-19)