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K-State Today

August 20, 2020

Cats' Cupboard now open to drop-in visitors

Submitted by Sarah Hoyt

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Since last March when Cats' Cupboard was deemed an essential service, staff and volunteers filled nearly 1,600 online orders so that K-State students and employees could continue to access the food pantry.

This week, the physical location in 9 Fairchild Hall reopened for drop-in visits. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to come to Cats' Cupboard in person to select the items they need. Please note that the only Cats' Cupboard entrance in use at this time is the interior hallway door to 9 Fairchild Hall. Visitors will not be admitted at the back door, which now serves as an exit to allow for optimized traffic flow and physical distancing. Staff will make exceptions only for those with mobility challenges.

The university's policy on face coverings is strictly enforced, and a limited number of visitors are allowed entry at one time. If it's your first visit of the semester, you will be asked to fill out a basic form. We provide a reusable cloth bag to first-time visitors and new plastic bags for returning visitors. If you need something more substantial, please bring bags from home. Wheeled carts are not allowed since there is a flight of stairs to navigate immediately outside of the exit door.

Drop in hours:

  • Monday: Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Saturday: Closed.
  • Sunday: Closed.

There are no limits on how often you can visit. We simply ask that you take what you need, use what you take, and remain mindful that we're here to serve all Wildcats.

Cats' Cupboard exists thanks to ongoing support from students, employees and the entire K-State community. A huge team of individuals, student organizations, alumni and other groups provide donations of nonperishable food, financial contributions and time. We currently are accepting in-kind food donations and applications for new volunteers. Contact Sarah McGreer Hoyt, operations lead, at shoyt@k-state.edu for additional information.

Hoyt is also available to meet in-person or via Zoom with students who would like to learn about applying for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides monthly benefits for additional access to food. Students who have federal work study employment or work an average of 20 hours per week may be eligible.