PANTHER PANTRY INFORMATION ON COVID-19
In light of the University COVID-19 policies and recommendations from the Northeast Iowa Food Bank beginning immediately
the Panther Pantry will be closed until further notice. Please continue to check our webpage for updates and our anticipated re-opening date.
If you are in need of general assistance and are unsure of where else to go, please reach out to Dean of Students staff, by completing this form. Staff will get back to you as soon as possible to provide assistance as possible.
On Campus Dining
Students living on campus with meal plans are encourage to use their meal plans during this time.
Off campus students are eligible to purchase a dining plan until the end of the semester.
For details on campus dining options you can call the Department of Residence at 319-273-2333 or online at: Department of Residence
With the continued changes on Social Distancing please continue to check our website for updates and changes. We are committed to assisting our fellow Panthers to the best of our abilities.
If you are in need of additional food/necessity assistance, you can reach out to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank at:
Phone - 319-235-0507
Website - northeastiowafoodbank.org
NEIFB Recommendations for Partner Agencies
Congregate meal sites close their doors to group gatherings.
Change to curbside “to-go” option and/or
Change to emergency food box distribution site
For information regarding the University communications and resources regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
We now have an Amazon wishlist of necessity and food items that the pantry needs on a regular basis. Items include food items that are in high demand that we don't get donated or can't purchase at North East Iowa Food Bank on a regular basis. All you have to do is click on this link, add it to your car, and select "Panther Pantry's Gift Registry Address" when selecting the shipping address!
The purpose of the Panther Pantry is to ensure that UNI students are able to get their basic food and necessity needs met. We recognize that in order to succeed in the classroom, and here at UNI, students need to have access to food.
WHAT IS FOOD INSECURITY
Food insecurity refers to USDA's measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active healthy life. Food-Insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. It may reflect a household's need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing, medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods (Feeding America, 2018). For our students these trade offs also include tuition, books, and other school expenses.
High food security means that a person has no limitations gaining access to the food they need. Very low food security means there are multiple reasons why a person is unable to access the food they need, resulting in inconsistent eating patterns and reducing the amount of food they eat.
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