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March 19, 2019

All In for K-State: Kansas State University's inaugural giving day to focus on Cats' Cupboard

Submitted by Allie Lousch

On March 27, Kansas State University will host its inaugural day of giving — All In for K-State. Unlike most giving days, All In for K-State will focus on one project, taking it from start to flourish.

"I am looking forward to March 27, when K-Staters will come together for one day to achieve one philanthropic objective," said Greg Willems, president and CEO of the KSU Foundation. "K-State's giving day will be like no other. In a 24-hour time period, we will help K-State students not just survive, but thrive."

The focus of the inaugural All In for K-State is the university food pantry, Cats' Cupboard.

Cats' Cupboard addresses food insecurity on campus, providing food, cooking equipment, personal necessities and other forms of assistance for students in need. Difficulty accessing food on a regular basis is an issue that negatively impacts the educational success of thousands of students across the country and was recently highlighted in a USA Today article. K-State students are not immune to this concern. The Campus Climate Assessment Project, sponsored by university administration, revealed that 39 percent of students who reported financial hardship indicated they had difficulty affording food. More than 57 percent of students who utilized the Cats' Cupboard food pantry in fall 2018 reported they had considered leaving K-State due to financial challenges. Cats' Cupboard is vital to helping students successfully complete their education at K-State.

"The Cats' Cupboard is a vital resource on the K-State campus, helping to ensure students thrive and graduate," said Kansas State University President Richard Myers. "We want to provide all the tools necessary to help our students succeed. By providing much-needed food, personal items and access to campus resources, Cats' Cupboard ensures our students are able to meet their primary needs so they can focus on their education. I hope the entire K-State family comes together to support this important campus initiative by contributing to All In for K-State on March 27."

To learn more about All In for K-State, go to ksufoundation.org/AllInforKState.

As Kansas State University's strategic partner for philanthropy, the KSU Foundation inspires and guides philanthropy toward university priorities to boldly advance K-State family. The foundation is leading Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University to raise $1.4 billion for student success, faculty development, facility enhancement and programmatic success. Visit ksufoundation.org for more information. 

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