Animal Science support for Cats’ Cupboard tops $7,000

Animal Science support for Cats’ Cupboard tops $7,000
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Officials in the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry say a program to support students’ nutritional needs across campus has topped $7,000 in just a little over five months of its launch.


Interim head Evan Titgemeyer said the department formed a partnership with Cats’ Cupboard, the campus’ food pantry, in September 2018 to provide protein options for students in need.


Many students who utilize Cats’ Cupboard lack the resources to buy food and prepare complete meals. Titgemeyer said that the department has been providing $20 vouchers to 80 students per month during the regular semester.


Students may use the voucher to buy ground beef, milk, eggs and hard cheeses in the department’s dairy bar in Call Hall.


“We view this as an opportunity to endorse animal proteins as an important part of a healthy diet and to promote these animal proteins as a highly desirable dietary component for students,” Titgemeyer said.


Erin Bishop, the food coordinator for Cats’ Cupboard, said the partnership with the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry “supports the total well-being of K-State students and helps move the needle on student success and retention.”


“Through this partnership we have witnessed a difference in the items leaving our shelves, as students have access to meat, cheese, eggs, and milk produced on our very own campus,” she said. “We are so grateful for the support the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry has given to Cats’ Cupboard.”


Bishop noted that Cats’ Cupboard staff and volunteers selected the department for the 2019 “Friends of Cats’ Cupboard” award, which was created to recognize outstanding support and service in addressing food insecurity on K-State’s campus.


The award will be presented at the annual Student Life Awards on April 11 at 3 p.m. in the K-State Student Union.


Cats’ Cupboard is located in 009 Fairchild Hall and is open six days a week: 5-7 p.m. Sundays; noon to 7 p.m. Mondays; 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays; 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays.

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