In an effort to reduce hunger on campus, the Penguin Pantry offers monthly food boxes to any student enrolled at Clark. Over the course of the Winter quarter, the pantry has distributed 219 food boxes to students and their families, equating to 6,570 pounds of food.
The Penguin Pantry opened in summer 2017, allowing students to select canned and boxed foods, bread and packaged snacks, along with toiletries like shampoo, toothpaste and soap. They also offered fresh fruit and vegetables, baby food and school supplies.
Since the college was moved online, the pantry had no choice but to close its doors as it learned a new way of distributing food safely. Students can now request a food box by submitting a “Penguin Pantry Order Form” through their MyClark account. They will then receive a confirmation email with a food box pick-up appointment date and time.
“When compared to fall numbers, we have seen that we typically distribute more food boxes the first month of each quarter and then it reduces from there,” said Sarah Gruhler, director of student life at Clark College. So far, 70 students have signed up for the last winter distribution.
Penguin Pantry’s final distribution for this quarter will be March 9. Students can request boxes up until March 5 at 5 pm.