In recent months, Millersville University has become increasingly aware of the lack of food security among students. The University, along with Millersville’s Campus Ministry, responded to this growing problem by creating the Campus Cupboard. The Campus Cupboard is a food bank that provides food specifically to Millersville University staff and students in need.
“The Campus Cupboard helps students with food resources so that they can focus on studying and meeting their educational and professional goals,” said Kirstin Shrom-Rhoads, director and pastor of United Campus Ministry and founder of Campus Cupboard. “Students have enough to worry about when it comes to their classes, they shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from.”
The idea for Campus Cupboard came about at the student affairs retreat in May 2012. “From many places on campus, we were beginning to hear stories of students going without food,” said Shrom-Rhoads. “As a ministry, we felt this was something important for us to follow up on and to make sure that students have food.” Over the summer of 2012, students and staff planned and prepared for the opening of the Campus Cupboard in November 2012.
The Campus Cupboard offers a market-style room where students can go through and pick their own items off the shelves within certain limits per item. There are also other resources available at the Campus Cupboard to help students know where to find free meals on campus and in Lancaster. The Campus Cupboard is located in the back of the A-frame Church at 121 N. George St., Millersville and is open between the hours of 3pm and 5pm every Friday. In an emergency, students and staff can contact Shrom-Rhoads during the week to receive food as well.
Anyone can donate food between 10am and 12pm on Friday’s or can contact Shrom-Rhoads to set up a drop off time. Volunteers are also needed to help with collecting food and money, helping with inventory, and helping on Friday’s during the food distribution time. Shrom-Rhoads talks about the response Campus Cupboard has received from the Millersville community thus far: “We have had many Millersville staff from many departments and many individuals dropping off donations. I have had many staff thank us for the work we are doing, for the need we are filling.”
To receive more information about the Campus Cupboard, contact Kirstin Shrom-Rhoads at 872-6840 or Kirstin.Shrom- Rhoads@millersville.edu.