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September 5, 2019

Cats' Cupboard continues to break down barriers to success ahead of second anniversary

Submitted by Sarah Barrett

Cats' Cupboard: The K-State Food Pantry is moving the needle on food security at K-State and the proof is in the pudding — literally!

Since its grand opening in late September 2017, nearly 1,070 unique students have visited the pantry to gain access to nutritious food, hygiene items and cookware more than 6,815 times. Correspondingly, in line with K-State's land-grant mission of "improving the quality of life and standard of living of those we serve," expanded services to university support staff and unclassified staff as well as faculty members has contributed to more than 1,000 individual household members in the Manhattan community being supported by this campus-based initiative.

As a result of exponential growth and support from the coordinated philanthropic initiative coined "All In for K-State," the pantry is eager to welcome Sarah McGreer Hoyt as the new Cats' Cupboard operations lead. Hoyt has worked at K-State since 2010, most recently as K-State Libraries writer/editor. In that capacity, she focused on all aspects of content creation, from magazine articles to social media. Following the 2018 Hale Library fire, she also managed the blog about the building's recovery and renovation. Before joining the K-State Libraries, Hoyt spent a decade writing and fundraising for nonprofit arts organizations in Kansas City, Missouri, and Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her master's in English from the University of Kansas.

Cats' Cupboard is excited for a new school year and the opportunity to support students and staff through initiatives that promote health, success and well-being.

Students, staff and faculty may access the Cats' Cupboard from Sunday through Friday; pantry hours of operation and ways to donate may be found on the Cats' Cupboard website or on Facebook and Twitter.