Chico State program feeds students in need with community donations
CHICO, Calif. - 'Hungry Wildcats' is a food pantry on Chico State University's campus that provides food for students in need with donations from the community.
KRCR News Channel 7 is partnering with the Salvation Army for the Stuff the Bus food drive, a way of collecting those donations to go towards programs like 'Hungry Wildcats.'
The pantry operates solely on these donations and gets it's fresh food from an organic farm on campus. It has a 'no questions asked' policy, so if a student comes in saying they're hungry, all they need to do is fill out a brief confidential form to get unlimited food.
A recent CalFresh survey showed out of about 17,000 students enrolled at Chico State University, around 8,000 have low, to very low food security. That is 46 percent.
"There's a gap between when they receive their financial aid and their next paycheck and they're making really difficult choices," said the founder of Hungry Wildcats, Kathleen Moroney. "Often food is the last thing, they'll give that up before anything else."
"Financial aid doesn't [go] far," Chico State student Eder Gutierrez agreed. "[My friend and I] are both first generation students and this service has really, like, eased the burden." Eden said there has been times when it was the only way he had a meal.
Anyone wanting to donate non-perishable food items that go towards programs like 'Hungry Wildcats' can visit here for a list of Stuff the Bus gathering locations.