Pantries provide daily and holiday meals

As the pantry manager at the Dahlonega Campus at the University of North Georgia (UNG), Sherry Parker knows the food insecurity issues facing students, faculty and staff.

“Some people can’t afford to eat in the Hoag Student Center’s dining room or cafe, and they don’t feel comfortable going there,” said Parker, administrative assistant in the Department of Science. psychological. “I wanted to create a space where they could cook one meal, eat it and relax.”

This place is now a reality. The Basic Needs Center is located on the back porch of the historic Vickery House, which is the seat of the College of Education’s Appalachian Studies Center.

The hub is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee station as well as paper plates and utensils. Several single-serve products such as microwave soups, pasta portions, breakfast bars and granola snacks are stored in cupboards. All are available free of charge to students, faculty and staff.

Parker said students, faculty and staff are also welcome to visit the pantry inside Vickery House. The pantry functions like a supermarket with shelf life items on display. Frozen foods and other fresher items are kept in the refrigerator and freezer.

“People are allowed to buy what they want and need,” she said, explaining that customers are asked to fill out confidential forms for tracking purposes.

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