Full Circle Food Pantry - Julia Lyon, Volunteer Action Center, University of Arkansas
The Volunteer Action Center (VAC) Board, a program of the Center for Community Engagement, launched a student food pantry in February 2010 to serve the needs of students on and off campus who are in personal crisis and do not have the financial resources to meet all of their nutritional needs. The VAC launched a weekly program that provides food for students who make requests through an online, email system with goals that the program be accessible to students in proximity (on campus), free of obstacles, and that it must be dignified. Donations are at the heart of the work of the pantry, and student groups and offices from across campus filled the pantry in the Campus-Wide Food Fight. So far, more than 1,300 individuals gathered 1000’s of food items to stock the shelves.