The Saluki Food Pantry has been working to keep hungry students fed on the SIU campus. The pantry is located in the basement of the Student Center and students can get $25 worth of food each month to help them along.
The U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that 51.6% of students live below the poverty line. However many do not qualify for assistance like LINK and SNAP because their parents’ income is factored in to their financial aid package for attended higher education. This means that students who may look well off on paper could be going hungry in reality.
Food pantry coordinator Sara Sauerhage says that they have about 40 students that visit the food pantry between the two days that they are open.
Most of the donations to the pantry come from various organizations and departments around campus and the community.
With the cost of attending higher education continually on the rise, the need for a food pantry could be ever more important.
The Saluki Food Pantry is open on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. It is open to any student with a valid SIU ID.
You can visit their website at: http://studentcenter.siu.edu/services/saluki-food-pantry.php