On September 24, NEC member Framingham State University (FSU) opened a food pantry and resource center for students on campus. At the launch, the pantry was stocked with around 1,500 pounds of food and 232 personal hygiene items which were raised entirely by members of the FSU community.
While FSU founded a Food Insecurity Committee in 2014 to explore the issue, it was not until a 2016 survey identified a widespread need among the student body that they began efforts to establish a food pantry. Today, all items that are donated to the center are logged and available to students in need of food or other supplies. With costs for tuition, books, and other fees on a steady rise, several colleges throughout Massachusetts have cultivated pantry programs in recent years, such as Middlesex Community College, Westfield State University, UMass Boston, and UMass Dartmouth.
FSU President F. Javier Cevallos said during the ribbon cutting ceremony, “I would like to thank everyone who helped make this a reality. It’s a challenge when you have to work or study and you are hungry. We can’t have that in our community. This is going to be a great resource for our students in need.”
The NEC applauds this important addition to FSU’s community and thanks them for their sustained commitment to serving the needs of their student body.