UAPB Student Food Pantry representatives participate in Campus Hunger Institute workshop

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

CHI Summit 6Four representatives from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Student Food Pantry recently participated in a Campus Hunger Institute meeting hosted by the University of Arkansas at Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The institute, which comprises several Arkansas colleges and universities that have established or are planning to establish a campus food pantry or a food recovery program, discussed ways to address hunger in student populations.

The weekend workshop trained students, advisors and volunteers from various Arkansas universities on a variety of topics related to campus hunger, including increased awareness of food insecurity, the creation of student leadership teams, sourcing food and funding, food safety, the reduction of food waste and assistance with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications.

The UAPB participants at the meeting included Kahmron Hymes, president of the UAPB Collegiate 4-H Club, Jamison Murry, president of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Club, Zina Conley, volunteer, and Rita Conley, co-advisor of the UAPB Collegiate 4-H Club.

The UAPB Student Food Pantry officially opened for service in Feb. 2015 as the signature project and community service activity of the Collegiate 4-H Club and the MANRRS Club. All students enrolled at the university are eligible to use the pantry. For more information contact the Student Food Pantry advisors: Rita D. Conley at 870-575-8368 or conleyr@uapb.edu; Teki Winston at 870-575-8538 or huntjimenezt@uapb.edu.

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