Beth Knutson-Kolodzne weighing out the final bag of donations received during Homecoming week. Photo credit: Tim Speier
Although there were no sports to cement St. Cloud State University’s Homecoming week as one to remember, the Huskies Food Pantry was not going to let 2020 drag all the good things down with it.
During the week long donation drive, the food pantry received 133 pounds of food at their drop off locations in Atwood and at the pantry.
“This is great,” Beth Knutson-Kolodzne, the Associate Director of the Department of Campus Involvement, said. “Over 100 pounds [of food donated] is awesome.”
While Knutson-Kolodzne was weighing out the donations she mentioned that getting any sort of donations, during times when the country is struggling, makes a big difference in these students lives.
Between Jan. and Aug. 2020, the Huskies Food Pantry has had more than 2,000 individual visits to the pantry, received over 6,442 pounds of donations, and relocated the pantry multiple times.
With many students unable to find work during the pandemic, the Huskies Food Pantry has been there to help those in need. They have moved to an online ordering system and contact-less pickup to meet the needs of students while still maintaining state guidelines.
In what started as a shelf in the Tutoring Center of the ISELF building has now grown to serving students out of Hill Hall, with over seven rooms of supplies, and operated by two staff members and one graduate assistant.
Donations are accepted throughout the year and can be dropped off at their respective locations or ordered online and sent directly to the center.
The Huskies Food Pantry is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the St. Cloud campus and the Plymouth location is open on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment.