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The Pantry at UW Tacoma helps students focus on their studies. You can help, too, with your financial or food donation.

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With your financial support, The Pantry at UW Tacoma can help students get the nutrition they and their families need, making it easier to stay in school and complete their UW degree.

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Access is at the core of UW Tacoma’s mission. Since its inception, the campus has worked to create a route to college for everyone. Programs like the Husky Promise, Pathways to Promise and Math Science Leadership create a college-going culture in Tacoma and the greater South Sound.

But this is only one part of what we mean by access. Helping students get to college is only the beginning. Our goal is to help students persist to graduation. That may mean high-impact academic activities like study abroad or undergraduate research opportunities, or it may be as simple as removing worries about finances, housing and food.

The UW Tacoma Pantry opened in 2015 after a survey created by Associate Professor Christine Stevens found a third of respondents meet the federal definition for food insecurity. The Pantry was created to “provide supplemental, nutritional and culturally relevant food as well as hygiene products to all UW Tacoma students.”

Food insecurity isn’t just an issue at UW Tacoma. A report by The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice puts it in a national context. The report is based on an online survey of more than 40,000 students at 66 community colleges and universities nationwide. Among the findings: “In the past 30 days, 36 percent of university students and 42 percent of community college students felt food insecure.”

Not having enough food can impact a person’s health as well as their ability to succeed in higher education. Many of UW Tacoma’s students are the first in their families to attend college. Many more work to support themselves. Some are parents. All deal with stress on a daily basis, but worrying about where the next meal will come from is something The Pantry hopes to alleviate. From now until December 13 The Pantry is holding a drive to restock its shelves. The drive is configured as a competition between students and staff/faculty, but The Pantry accepts donations of food and finances from anyone year-round.

Written by: 
Eric Wilson-Edge / November 21, 2018
Photos by: 
Ryan Moriarty
Media contact: 

John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or