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K-State Today

May 13, 2020

Cats' Cupboard announces inaugural cohort of student ambassadors

Submitted by Sarah McGreer Hoyt

Cats' Cupboard Ambassadors

In mid-March, Cats' Cupboard: The K-State Food Pantry began providing university students and employees with access to nonperishable food through an online order and pick-up system. Starting this fall, the pantry will have even more help to promote food security, thanks to the first-ever cohort of Cats' Cupboard Ambassadors.

The Cats' Cupboard Ambassadors, a departmental student organization, will work to reduce the stigma associated with using food assistance and educate the K-State community regarding ways to support food insecure students and employees. Additionally, Cats' Cupboard Ambassadors will conduct food drives and host outreach events and speaking engagements.

Jordan Wolf, Cats' Cupboard graduate practicum student, and Erin Bishop, community outreach advocate, developed the program and then selected the final candidates following an application and interview process. Sarah McGreer Hoyt, operations lead, will serve as the DSO's group advisor.

"Jordan and Erin have recruited a remarkable team of students," Hoyt said. "These new ambassadors possess diverse and unique skills and strengths, and we can't wait to see how they impact donations, awareness and advocacy for Cats' Cupboard and reduce hunger at K-State."

The following students are the Cats' Cupboard Ambassadors for 2020-2022:

Jamie Trenary, junior in psychology, Arkansas City; Kenzie Horner, junior in marketing, Coffeyville; Rachel Fountain, junior in criminology, Manhattan; Lili Chen, freshman in computer science, and Sophia Hansen, junior in hospitality management, both from Olathe; Robert Foster, junior in theatre, Overland Park; Isaac Sunderland, sophomore in agribusiness, Sabetha; Kylie Rahmeier, freshman in agriculture education, Sylvan Grove; Jackson Willis, sophomore in political science, pre-law, Tonganoxie; Sydney Kirmse, junior in dietetics; Cole King, freshman in biology, pre-med; and Kinsley Searles, freshman in English, all of Topeka; Lila Kohler, junior in political science, Towanda; Lauren Scheufler, junior in dietetics, Wellington; Natalie Freed, sophomore in nutritional sciences, Wichita.

From out of state: Svea Knight, freshman in dietetics, Grafton, Massachusetts; Kasey Kerperin, junior in agronomy, Taos, Missouri; Jenika Hazelbaker, freshman in agronomy and global food systems leadership, Wentzville, Missouri; Keri Brock, freshman in dietetics, Omaha, Nebraska; Tiasia Saunders, graduate student in public health, Columbia, South Carolina.

From out of country: Adelaide Klutse, graduate student in applied family science, Ghana; Abdulhafiz Usman, graduate student in chemical engineering, and Olalekan Sipasi, graduate student in horticulture and natural resources, both from Nigeria; and Yslam Akmyradov, junior in entrepreneurship and organizational management, Turkmenistan.