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CMU Student Food Pantry announces Care Pantry

Canned goods sit on the newly opened student food pantry on Nov. 19 near Robinson Hall.

The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center is collecting donated care items to start a Central Michigan University Student Care Pantry.

The Student Care Pantry will be in conjunction to the CMU Student Food Pantry to offer more support to students.

"We are beginning the care pantry with a focus on paper products, hygiene products, and cleaning products," said Kourtney Koch, Student Food Pantry graduate assistant. "Some examples include paper towels, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, conditioner, feminine care items, tooth paste and tooth brushes, trash bags, etc."

They will also be accepting new and gently used school supplies and cooking essentials.

Donations are being accepted 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Volunteer Center located in the Bovee University Center Room 106.

"We are planning for a soft opening of the CMU Student Care Pantry starting at the regular distributions Tuesday, Feb. 11," Koch said. "A grand opening may follow later in February."

The Student Care Pantry will be open to all current CMU students, just like the food pantry.

"The Student Food Pantry team has noticed students are in need of a range of items, and if students' basic needs are not met, that stretches further than just food," Koch said. "It also includes items such as those we hope to regularly provide in the CMU Student Care Pantry. 

"There are great resources in the Mount Pleasant community and we thought starting a similar resource on campus would lead to more success for students."