WSU Tri-Cities opens expanded Cougar Cupboard food pantry
RICHLAND, Wash. —
Students at WSU Tri-Cities in Richland are getting some help with their groceries.
The school held a ribbon cutting Friday morning for the new location and expansion of their Cougar Cupboard food pantry.
Officials say this expansion has been in the works for about a year.
The school also partnered with Second Harvest to bring more packaged and fresh food supplies to students.
A 2016 campus financial survey found that 33 percent of students experienced financial difficulty. In addition, many students also met high-risk factors for food insecurity.
Student financial and support services manager Jordyn Creighton, “Having this food bank, our students are going to be able to have healthy balanced meals all the time and so we know that this food will allow them to hopefully be successful in the classroom and have one less thing that they need to worry about."
Student Brandon Aldaco was the first student to use the new pantry. According to him, the space “helps me a lot because right now financially, it's really rough right now, so getting to see a cupboard where like it's a little minimarket, getting in to get some groceries themselves and it really helps them a lot. "
For information about how to be able to use the Cougar Cupboard, click here.