About Cats' Cupboard
Cats' Cupboard Initiative is a collaborative effort among students, faculty, staff, and community focused on promoting food security at K-State. We provide direct food access through an on-campus food pantry, in addition to education and engagement opportunities. Cats' Cupboard is accessible to all K-State students and employees.
Cats' Cupboard Mission
Providing access to nutritious food and support through initiatives that promote health, success, and well-being.
Cats' Cupboard Vision
Our vision is to prevent food insecurity from being a barrier to student success. In order to do this, we build awareness and the capacity of our campus community to address this challenge from a holistic perspective. A pantry with healthy and accessible food is essential, but we do not limit our vision to operating the pantry. We strive to create ties with our academic programs as we provide an active learning place for many disciplines that work directly with the issue of food security. This collaborative effort of student life and academia will lead the way for practicing real change and enhancing K-State’s land-grant mission.
- WE believe access to nutritious food is a basic human right.
- WE respect the dignity of every human being.
- WE collaborate to effect change and support student success.
- WE practice good stewardship of knowledge and resources.
Evidence of Need
In the Campus Climate Assessment Project, 39.4% of the students who reported financial hardship indicated they had difficulty affording food. In a Financial Stress study conducted by the Office of Student Life, 14% of student respondents indicated they did not have enough money to meet their basic necessities. Furthermore, 51% indicated that didn’t have enough money for groceries at least once in the three preceding months.