Campus Food Pantry Cuts Ribbon on Remodel


www.uatrav.com – RSS Results in news/campus,news/campus/* of type article Marking the completion of their two-month remodel and the eighth anniversary of pantry operation, the Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry opened its doors for a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.More than 50 people came to watch the ribbon cutting and tour the food bank.The remodel includes new lighting and flooring, additional storage and an electronic inventory system, said Mikayla Hammers, the data and operations coordinator for Full Circle.
Before the remodel, volunteers would weigh food as the clients left. The new barcode scanner will allow the volunteers to identify which items are being taken and which items need to be restocked, Hammers said.“We have truly put a lot of incredible work into this space,” said Claire Allison, assistant director for Full Circle. “The change is truly monumental. We are so grateful to be in a community that truly supports us.”The food pantry can be just as beneficial to the workers as it is to the clients, former intern Daniel Caruth said.“When I started in 2011, I didn’t know why I wanted to do this,” Caruth said. “It started superficially because I thought it would look nice on a resume, but it’s unlike anything on campus. Just to see the way the university has embraced it means so much. A remodel seems so superficial and silly but it’s so important because it means the university cares so much about Full Circle.”Nico Suarez, a senior, agrees.“I found (Full Circle) and I was able to funnel my passion and find my identity through it,” Suarez said. “I am so excited to see how far it’s come.”Clients can take advantage of the food pantry’s resources for any reason. Volunteers never ask clients for their reason for coming, but take pride in those clients that open up to them, said community outreach …


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