Normandale Community College’s Service-Learning Department opened up a Campus Cupboard food pantry in the fall 2012 semester for students who come to school and don’t have the financial means to eat every day.
The Campus Cupboard was created in collaboration with Good in the ‘Hood, a Bloomington partner organization that focuses on acts of kindness as a means of transforming individual lives, families and communities. As of early February, the Campus Cupboard saw 1,813 visits from students in need of the services it provides.
Student volunteers check the students in, help them get food, keep the cupboard clean and organize and assist with marketing and resource development. Students who want to volunteer can do so through Service-Learning, but must go through a two-hour training course and need to commit to at least 10 hours over the course of one semester.
“The Campus Cupboard has been a great example of student service-learners and volunteers taking ownership of a project, and serving a need that existed on campus for their fellow students,” said Wanda Kanwischer. “They have done a great job running the day-to-day operations of the Campus Cupboard and increasing awareness on campus to the students who need the services.”