UPDATE: Please note, we are unable to accommodate students looking for 30 hours of community service prior to the end of the semester. Should you need assistance in finding service and volunteer opportunities please reach out to the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Panther Pantry is now stocked with perishable food items such as milk, eggs, fruit, frozen chicken, etc. Items that will be carried will vary based on availability. If you have suggestions of what we should carry please e-mail us at email@example.com.
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.