This Giving Tuesday, and through the holiday season, the University encourages donations to the campus food pantry, Pack Provisions.
The latest crowdfunding initiative aims to supply students with essential items. Help the University reach its goal of raising $22,000 by Jan. 1, 2020. A donation to Pack Provisions helps keep the shelves stocked year-round.
22 percent of students at the University reported being food insecure according to a 2018 study by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada. That’s approximately one in five students constantly concerned about affording necessary food and hygiene products.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. For students without access to daily nutrition, food insecurity may hinder the ability to succeed in the classroom.
“I know that when I do get hungry, it makes it really hard for me to focus on whatever I need to focus on,” Asif Siddiqui, a PhD student, said. “If I’ve got hunger pains, I’m not thinking about what I really should be doing. It affects my concentration.”
With the difficult reality of food insecurity, Pack Provisions aims to provide students with the necessary items to thrive physically and mentally. It offers perishable and non-perishable food items, school supplies and hygiene products to students in need.
“There were days where I wouldn’t get to eat at all until I had Pack Provisions," Kyle, a former student, said. “Pack Provisions was my way of getting my food for the month.
For students, Pack Provisions eases the stress from affording necessary items. Recently, the number of students who visit the pantry grew exponentially – from 593 visitors during the 2017/18 school year to 1,384 visits in 2018/2019. As of Oct. 1, 2019, 336 visitors received items from Pack Provisions for Fall 2019. If the number of visits continues on this trajectory, approximately 1,500 students will visit by May 2020.
According to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, a $1 donation can fund three meals. With a minimum donation of $10, a student receives three meals. That's enough to provide students with one meal a day for an entire month.
A donation to Pack Provisions helps guarantee hunger is not a barrier to student success. Every gift, no matter the size, will positively impact a student’s life.
To give a gift via check, please make the check payable to UNR Foundation, include a note that the gift is for Pack Provisions and mail to:
University of Nevada, Reno Foundation
Mail Stop 0162
1664 N Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557-0001
To make a gift to Pack Provisions, please visit crowdfund.unr.edu/packprovisions to access the page that will allow you to make an online donation.
Hunger should not be a barrier to our students’ success. Support Pack Provisions today.
When you're hungry, I mean, it's really hard to focus on everything in life. School especially.
Where, you'll be in a lecture for like 2 hours and your stomach is just going to be going crazy.
I mean there were days where I wouldn't get to eat at all until I had Pack Provisions, so it definitely helped me stay better focused in class.
I heard about Pack Provisions through the University Counseling Services actually.
My first experience with Pack Provisions is kind of intimidating at first because it's not easy to ask for help.
And Pack Provisions, I was lucky everybody I've met through Pack Provisions is credibly nice and being able to just take that first step and ask for the help it it's a lot easier than it seems.
I would go to Pack Provisions about once every other week or so. Pack Provisions for me was my way of getting my food for the month, essentially.
Food insecurity to me, it kind of, it kind of beats you up because I'm personally not somebody who likes to ask for help about things so going and kind of putting myself out there to get food when I need it. It was kind of a big step for me.
I'm just really thankful that I had Pack Provisions to help me out during some hard financial times. So it's, it's a great resource and I highly encourage students to use it if they need it.