Food drive for hungry NIU students

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Cathy Zuidema, founder of the Huskies Student Food Pantry; (L to R) Marc VanOverbeke, COE associate dean; Larie Elish-Piper, COE acting dean; and Toni Tollerud, COE interim associate dean, kick off the college’s food drive.

LcdokrBriThe College of Education is now accepting donations of food and personal hygiene products for the Huskies Student Food Pantry. The pantry, which relies on donations and volunteers, strives to provide non-perishable, supplemental food and other necessities for NIU students who are in need of support.

Kathy Zuidema, who works in NIU’s Career Services office and is the pantry’s founder, estimates that as many as 1,500 NIU students could be experiencing food insecurity on any particular day. She says that the most pressing needs are peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, pasta sauce and soup, as well as paper towels, toilet paper, deodorant and toothpaste. A full list of recommended items is available online. The college will be collecting donations through today, Wednesday, Dec. 16. Our goal is 500 pounds. Please bring your goods to the collection box in Graham 321. For more information, contact Pat Wielert at or 815-753-9057.

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