Penn State Abington has added weekly fresh produce distribution to its LionShare food pantry thanks to a new partnership with Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, according to a staff report from the Penn State News.
The program officially took off last week, with the delivery of 1,000 pounds of various fruits and vegetables, including cabbage, bananas, apples, and cherry tomatoes.
This was enough to fill more than 60 reusable bags that were provided by the Abington Office of Student Engagement and Leadership.
The partnership has come at a crucial time for students who are struggling with food insecurities.
A survey conducted on the campus showed an increase in hunger toward the end of each semester due to shortages in student loans and other funds.
According to Gina D. Kaufman, director of Student Affairs, the campus community is excited to join forces with Philabundance to tackle this critical issue.
“The Philabundance partnership provides an additional fresh and varied option for students,“ said Kaufman. “Launching this program as a campus community initiative assists in eliminating the stigma that free food is unhealthy or ‘bad’ food.”
Read more about the new partnership at the Penn State News by clicking here.