Eastern Kentucky University’s food bank, the Colonel’s Cupboard, is relocating to a centralized campus location for better student accessibility.
The Colonel’s Cupboard assists students that may be experiencing food insecurity, helping to contribute to their college success. The cupboard is a free service assisting part-time, full-time and graduate students with food, clothing and toiletry items.
“Over the past several years, we have seen a trend nationwide and within our state as well where food pantries for that service department have moved to a more central location,” said Loni Yost, director of Student Life and First-Year Experience. “This helps to decrees stigmas attached to food banks, to be more convenient for students and to help the students know that the resource is there.”
The Colonel’s Cupboard is relocating from Commonwealth Hall to the second floor of the Powell Student Center, room 215. Powell will offer a new space, convenient backroom storage and the capacity to have a better working space for volunteers. The new space will operate like a grocery store with handheld baskets.
Transferring to the new location will extend hours of operation, expanding service opportunity dramatically when compared to the current location. Anytime the Powell Student Center is open and staffed, the Colonel’s Cupboard will be able to serve students. Building hours will fluctuate throughout the year and university breaks.
Services will remain at Commonwealth Hall until the end of the spring semester. Preparation work to move to the new space has already taken place. The Colonel’s Cupboard is planning to fully revamp, rebrand and occupy the new space by the fall semester.
“Whether it is one thing or to get groceries for a week, students are welcome to come by,” said Dylan Bogard, assistant director of Student Life and First-Year Experience. “There is no judgement or stigma from any of our staff working, we really want this to be successful and students to come over and grab what they need.”
In the fall semester, the Colonel’s Cupboard will be expanding their services to help direct students to long-term Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. SNAP benefits help individuals with low income buy food for themselves and their household.
“We have the ability to connect students with other resources on and off of campus that we might not have so that we can get them the assistance that they need,” Bogard said.
Individuals wanting to donate items can contact the Colonel’s Cupboard to see what is needed or drop off anything ready to give.