October 4, 2018

Framingham State opens food pantry for students

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Framingham State University committed to opening a food pantry after a survey of students determined a need.

Framingham State University has become the latest college to open a food pantry for hungry students.

At its launch on Sept. 24, the food pantry was stocked with about 1,500 pounds of food and 232 personal hygiene items, according to the school. All of the items were donated by members of the Framingham State community.

Framingham State is the latest Massachusetts college to open a food pantry available to students at a time when more attention is being paid to how expensive tuition, fees and books are, in addition to meals. Middlesex Community College, Westfield State University, UMass Boston, and UMass Dartmouth are among those who've opened pantries in recent years, according to news reports.

Michelle Yestrepsky, the university's coordinator of student support initiatives, launched the center. The effort began in 2014 when Framingham State formed a food insecurity committee to explore the issue. A survey of students found there to be a need for such a service.

All items donated to the center are logged, and students in need of food or other supplies can drop by and select from the items available.

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