Use of Western campus food pantry rises dramatically from pandemic levels

LA CROSSE (WKBT) – A new report shows use of a campus food pantry at Western Technical College rose significantly from pandemic levels.

The Cavalier Cupboard, established in 2014, provides students with access to perishable and non-perishable food items, hygiene items, school items, diapers, and information on local resources. An annual report showed that the total amount served this past year rose to 1910, the most since the pantry opened in 2014 and a significant increase from the prior year during the throws of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we continue to normalize these services, we are finding more individuals have been using the Cavalier Cupboard,” said Mitch Berry, Student Inclusion Specialist at Western Technical College. “A big part of this comes from our ability to provide hygiene and baby care items, fresh produce, and other refrigerated or frozen food items.”

A Western Technical College student who recognized the need to provide food for students started the Cavalier Cupboard. Since opening, the pantry has served 8,189 students and their families. The Cavalier Cupboard is affiliated with the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse.

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