Food insecurity has become a growing concern on college campuses nationwide because it not only affects academic achievement, but overall student wellbeing. However, much of the work being done to support those experiencing food insecurity at universities, fails to account for an entire group within the university population—university staff and faculty. According to the USDA, food insecurity is a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.”
Over the past year, Cats’ Cupboard, the K-State Food Pantry, has played an integral role in addressing the challenge of campus food insecurity in working to support student success, understanding that food insecurity is a far-reaching and complex issue has prompted expanded efforts to support staff and faculty as well.
Beginning April 1st staff and faculty will be able to access the Cats’ Cupboard from Monday thru Saturday.
This staff/faculty pantry is made possible through a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation that provides a part-time employee and food purchasing funds to begin serving ALL K-State Family.
How it Works
Any staff or faculty member may use the pantry as their discretion. We encourage K-State employees to take food items that correspond with their personal needs, and may utilize the pantry as often as they see fit.
At the time of your first visit you will fill out a first-time user survey and present your Wildcat ID and EID. You will need to bring ID at each additional visit thereafter. If you do not have your Wildcat ID on you during a visit, we can look you up by name in K-State People.
We encourage you to bring your own reusable bags, however we typically have boxes and plastic bags on hand for you to fill as you need.