The Niner Student Pantry at UNC Charlotte was conceived by a team of faculty and students. Established in the fall of 2014, the mission of the Niner Student Pantry is to ensure food security, human dignity, and well-being on campus by providing in-need UNC Charlotte students with healthy, culturally appropriate emergency food. Among factors driving the need for food assistance are: decline in government assistance/benefits/grants, fallout from the recent recession and declining real wages.
Most recently, the Niner Student Pantry moved to a 1968, single-family home. The home is a perfect space for the Niner Student Pantry as it allows us to expand our inventory of food, provides privacy among our clients and we now have a kitchen. The kitchen has appliances that are no longer functional. Funds will provide the Niner Student Pantry with new energy efficient appliances, including a refrigerator, freezer, stove, microwave, and additional supplies.
These appliances will allow us to serve more clients. Moreover, these items will allow us store much needed poultry, fruits and vegetables, but also allow us to perform cooking demonstrations for the clients in which we serve. By performing these cooking demonstrations, we are educating our clients and our campus community on the importance of eating healthy food and meal options they can prepare with the food provided.
Last year, we served over 825 clients and we hope to serve so much more! Please consider helping our students in need.
For those that can't give financially, please consider volunteering at the Niner Student Pantry. For more information, please contact Sean Langley at firstname.lastname@example.org.