About Cats' Cupboard
Cats' Cupboard Initiative is a collaborative effort among students, faculty, staff, and community focused on promoting food security for students at K-State. This initiative aims to provide direct food access through an on-campus food pantry, in addition to education and engagement opportunities. Cats' Cupboard will be accessible to all K-State students.
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 will commit to building awareness and the capacity of our campus community to address this challenge from a holistic perspective. A pantry with healthy and accessible food will be essential for this vision, but we do not want to limit our vision to only opening a pantry. We see the potential for this initiative to have a direct tie with our academic programs as we provide an active learning place for many disciplines that work directly with the issue of food security (example: utilizing Food Science, Human Nutrition, Kinesiology). 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, and this finding has been supported through alternative quantitative and qualitative data collected by various campus entities. 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.