The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

Newsletter Signup

Get our news delivered straight to your inbox every week.

* indicates required

Office of Sustainability’s Food Pantry open for students

The+Office+of+Sustainability%E2%80%99s+food+pantry.+The+pantry+is+located+on+campus+in+the+basement+of+East+Hall.
The Office of Sustainability’s food pantry. The pantry is located on campus in the basement of East Hall.

The Office of Sustainability has opened a food pantry and free store in the basement of East Hall across from Stick Boy Bread Company.

The “Feed Yosef” food pantry is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is open to all ASU students, faculty and staff.

The food pantry carries and is looking for donations of kitchen staples and non-perishable food items including canned vegetables, dried grains and pasta. Donations can be brought directly to the office.

Lee Ball, director of sustainability, said the office plans to work with the Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm CSA, taking in the leftover produce.

Ball said he hopes the food pantry will help combat the food insecurity of students, which was recently found to be 46 percent in a study done by Lanae Ball in conjunction with Laura McArthur and several other southeastern schools.

According to a USDA survey from 2015, the national average of food insecurity per household is 13 percent.

“That was really a call to action for the university when we released the results,” Lanae Ball said.

Lanae Ball also said that of the four categories of food insecurity, 24 percent of Appalachian students fall within the lowest category, which is often associated with hunger.

Lanae Ball said she hopes to organize more food drives, increase student awareness of food insecurity and develop nutrition literacy among students.

Lanae Ball said it is important for students to raise awareness about food insecurity because many students may not realize how many members of the Appalachian community are affected.

“The campus food pantry initiatives are very important,” Lanae Ball said.

Lanae Ball is also organizing in-class food drives for her nutrition students as a class project. Ball said that she hopes student organizations across campus will organize canned food drives as well.

Lanae and Lee Ball both expressed the importance of food security and social justice.

“Social justice is really about people, about social equity,” Lee Ball said. “We want to support people, we want to support people that might be marginalized, we want to support people that might be struggling. It’s not going to solve food insecurity. It’s our effort to just try to help.”

Story by: Aidan Moyer, News Reporter

Donate to The Appalachian
$1500
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal

We hope you appreciate this article! Before you move on, our student staff wanted to ask if you would consider supporting The Appalachian's award-winning journalism. We are celebrating our 90th anniversary of The Appalachian in 2024!

We receive funding from the university, which helps us to compensate our students for the work they do for The Appalachian. However, the bulk of our operational expenses — from printing and website hosting to training and entering our work into competitions — is dependent upon advertising revenue and donations. We cannot exist without the financial and educational support of our fellow departments on campus, our local and regional businesses, and donations of money and time from alumni, parents, subscribers and friends.

Our journalism is produced to serve the public interest, both on campus and within the community. From anywhere in the world, readers can access our paywall-free journalism, through our website, through our email newsletter, and through our social media channels. Our supporters help to keep us editorially independent, user-friendly, and accessible to everyone.

If you can, please consider supporting us with a financial gift from $10. We appreciate your consideration and support of student journalism at Appalachian State University. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, or if you would prefer to make a recurring monthly gift, please give to The Appalachian Student News Fund through the university here: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1727/cg20/form.aspx?sid=1727&gid=2&pgid=392&cid=1011&dids=418.15&bledit=1&sort=1.

Donate to The Appalachian
$1500
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal