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The Wreck Hunger: Graduate & International Food Pantry was established at Texas Tech University in March 2016. The food pantry serves as a resource for graduate and international students.

experienced what it was like to not have access to healthy food or to not have enough food. A 2014 study conducted by researchers from the University of Alabama, found that approximately 14% of students

cause graduate students don’t go away,” Taylor said. “Food insecurity is more than just giving some-

Food insecurity is defined as “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.” The Wreck Hunger Pantry was formed to address food and nutrition insecurity among struggling graduate and international students. Ashlee Taylor, a doctoral student of Nutritional Sciences, recognized that many of her peers had witnessed or

on a college campus experience food insecurity. Taylor, food pantry coordinator, said during the summer months they saw 25-30 people a week. “We definitely feel like we should be open year round be-

one food. It’s a complex issue, and there are several levels there,” Taylor said. Aside from food pantry access, Wreck Hunger also provides nutrition information and community resources to people in need. Once a student signs-in, he can shop the pantry. The pantry items are based on a sticker point system and each visitor gets 15 points to shop with. Unlike some pantries that use a box system that determines what food is given, the Wreck Hunger pantry allows visitors to take whatever they need. They only regulate how many of the larger items can be taken. If a student has questions about what a food is and what it tastes like, pantry volunteers are available to answer questions. The pantry also puts out a food sample, so students can try different foods. The pantry is currently working with the Student Government Association to get a campus-wide pantry open to expand their reach to the undergraduate population.

The pantry is open every Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. or by appointment. It is located in the Graduate Center on campus. An hour before the pantry opens, students can sign up to reserve their place in line or can just show up. The pantry also accepts appointments if the time period does not work for the individual. Donations to the pantry can be dropped off at the Graduate School, Graduate Center, International Cultural Center, and all entry stations on campus. A list of needed items is available online. Donations can also be made via the pantry’s wish list online with Amazon or WalMart. Interested volunteers can contact the pantry online. Some people make a monthly commitment or semester, or even one-time commitment.

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