Pantry offers USI students, employees free food and toiletries

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- Being a college student nowadays can be a stressful task thanks to rising tuition costs, searching for employment, and classwork. However, the University of Southern Indiana is trying to remedy one rising concern: searching for your next meal.

The program is open to all USI students and employees and allows people in need to confidentially get non-perishable food items, like canned goods and toiletries that they otherwise might not be able to. According to data from the university, the number of different visitors to the pantry nearly doubled in the 2018/19 school year, from 284 in 2017/18 to 502 in 2018/19.

Named after Archie, the university’s mascot, the pantry is entirely stocked through donated food. University students or employees in need can visit the university’s Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center on campus and ask for “Archie.” To access the closet, they will need to show a valid university ID card.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 13, 2020)

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