University of Michigan-Flint opens Wolverine Food Den food pantry for students
(04/16/19) - Curbing hunger on campus. The University of Michigan- Flint today opened its first ever student-run food pantry, called the Wolverine Food Den.
The idea to launch a food pantry on campus started in 2015; that's when students surveyed other students on campus, finding that more than 50 percent of the student population experienced some sort of food insecurity during their time in school.
"So the students really started looking at how do we do this? The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor started putting together their bicentennial grants, so these guys submitted a grant application, they did all of the work to make that happen," said Chancellor Sue Borrego.
The Wolverine Food Den is open to any student on campus and there are no eligibility requirements.
Students can come into the food pantry during set hours and grab what they need. The pantry will be stocked through donations with help from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
We spoke with one of the students who really helped to get this project moving forward, and she says it's a mixed bag of emotions for her.
"It makes me sad that we live in a time where we have to have this, that we have students that have those food insecurities, but it makes me extremely excited that we have it there and available to them," said student Nikki Inches.
The pantry is open 16 hours a week for both the fall and winter terms.
It's located on the 3rd floor of the University Center.