December 20, 2018

West Chester University Resource Pantry

Giving and Receiving: WCU’s Resource Pantry

West Chester University’s Resource Pantry has had an impressive semester in its efforts to support students in need with donated food, winter and career clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and monetary donations. Organized campus collections usually reap the largest tallies of donated items, and the Resource Pantry is counting its blessings that so many students and WCU employees readily give to those drives. Here are some of this semester’s highlights:


Operation S.N.O.W. (Student Needs Over Winter)

A host of campus organizations partnered to collect donations of food and personal care items in the Operation S.N.O.W. program, now in its second year. It supports students who stay in residence halls (thanks to the Office of Residence Life and Housing) because they do not have homes to return to during the University’s winter break. In general, these students are regulars at the Resource Pantry. Among the products gathered:

  • Granola bars, fruit cups, ramen, almond milk.
  • Personal care items: lotion, shampoo, body wash, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, lip balm, bar soap.
  • Overall, the collection resulted in more than 1,000 pounds of food donated as well as $1,665.30 worth of personal care items.


Resource Pantry Benefit Concert

  • This year, the WCU Symphony Orchestra raised $329 by requesting free-will donations at its Nov. 29 concert in Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre.
  • On Dec. 1, the University’s coed a cappella group Under A Rest held an additional concert in the intimate setting of the Philips Autograph Library, raising $150 in monetary donations, as well as donations of paper towels and toilet paper rolls.


Toni’s Turkey Trot

A 5K run/walk that traverses campus and adjoining streets, the Turkey Trot is named for Tori Nuccio, Interim Associate Director of Financial Aid and the Single Point of Contact for homeless and foster youth at WCU. The third annual run was held Nov. 8.

  • 300 pounds of food collected for the Resource Pantry.


Building Community Day

Aramark held a “Building Community Day” drive in October, bringing in 600 pounds (actually, just six-tenths of a pound under 600) of food donations from employees, New Street Catering, and the West Chester community.


Amazon Wish List

The Resource Pantry recently created a new Amazon Wish List. Giving back can be easy as one click.


The Resource Pantry will remain open throughout the University’s winter break, and will only close from Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1. The Resource Pantry resides within the Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs, and is supported by the Office of Financial Aid, Division of Student Affairs, and very generous donors through the WCU Foundation.


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