2nd Annual EKU Food Drive

Annual Food Drive

EKU's Colonel's Cupboard and the University Diversity Office has kicked-off their 2nd Annual Food Drive during November Hunger Awareness Month.  Offices and departments across campus are partnering to beat last year's record of collecting over one ton (over 2000 lbs.) of food for EKU students. Donations will be excepted through November 30th.

Why Partner for the Colonel's Cupboard?

  • 1 in 6 EKU students experience food insecurity during the first semester on campus
  • 21% of EKU students might need food assistance at some point during their college experience
  • 10% of EKU students could benefit from regular food pantry service

How to Partner for the Food Drive?

  • Simply ~ place a donation box in a high traffic area with one of our posters or flyers (which can be obtained from the Cupboard after Nov 7th) to announce the food drive.
  • The Cupboard will make weekly pick-ups and weigh all food weekly and announce the running total pounds of food collected.
  • Email food.pantry@eku.edu with any questions!

 To learn more about the Cupboard, and how you can help please reach out at Food.Pantry@eku.edu or call 622-3855.

What does the Cupboard do?

If you or a friend is currently enrolled in at least one class here at EKU, then The Colonel’s Cupboard is here to serve y’all.  The Colonel’s Cupboard at Eastern Kentucky University is a service of Student Life that provides emergency food boxes to currently enrolled students of the University (full or part-time) in need. The Cupboard will provide any student, who is worried or concerned about food security with an emergency food box and connect them to other local services to help with long term challenges they may be facing.

What is Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity - defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people's dietary needs- has been on the rise for the past several years.  It touches all students - undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.  WHO states food security is built on: 1. food availability (sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis); 2. food access (having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet; and 3. food use (appropriate use based on knowledge of basic nutrition and care).

Individuals can fall on a specturum of food security:

  • Food Secure - they know where there next meal will come from, and they have access to a nutritionally sustaining meal.
  • Marginally Food Secure - where although someone has access to food, they are experiencing anxiety about where there next meal may come from
  • Food Insecurity - where students are decreasing there food intake, skipping meals, or eating less nutritionally valuable meals due to external forces (for example, working less hours at work due to illness, a change in employment, or a veterans benefit check not arriving when it was scheduled to).

What's in a food box?

The boxes contain a week’s worth of healthy, nutritionally balanced meals, based on MyPlate (the new food pyramid).  We also try to include other items, like: disposable utensils, paper plates, or contact materials for local services when needed.

Can you use some help?

To apply for a food box or other assistance simply fill out an Intake Form by clicking the request assistance tab or email: food.pantry@eku.edu. You can also drop in to the Cupboard itself at Commonwealth Hall, 2nd Floor and fill out the forms in person.

Published on November 04, 2016