The Husker Pantry and Student Money Management offices now have a brand new vicinity in the University Health Center. Over the summer, the 2 applications, previously Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+ and Student Money Management Center, have become a part of Big Red Resilience & Well-Being, which enables University of Nebraska-Lincoln college students across nine dimensions of nicely-being, inclusive of physical and economic well-being. The move brings all Big Red Resilience components below the same roof and allows for greater produce and frozen food to be available at the pantry. Connie Boehm, director of Big Red Resilience & Well-Being, stated she is excited about the flow and the benefits of the brand new location and affiliation with Big Red Resilience.
“Moving the pantry over here — and [the] cash management center — there is get right of entry to properly-being coaching, the demonstration kitchen in which we are hoping to have meals demonstrations the use of some other merchandise within the pantry, as well as a nutrition education piece with that,” she stated. “So, we will tie all those elements of nicely-being collectively here.” Additionally, Boehm said that pantry traffic might be much less probably to feel shame approximately journeying the new place.
“There’s additionally a discount of stigma here because students come right here for a selection of reasons, now not just to go to the pantry,” she stated. “They can be coming to Big Red Resilience; they are probably within the College of Nursing, they are probably going to [Counseling and Psychological Services] or to the sanatorium. So, you can just come right within the again door and go to the pantry.”
However, Boehm and Megan Patel, coordinator of Student Money Management and Husker Pantry, stated they understand college students will modify to the new place. “I suppose one undertaking is that that is this kind of new constructing, and a lot of college students have not even been in this building,” Patel said. “If you walk into the constructing for the primary time, you are going to ought to parent out the format.”
However, Patel stated that even though the pantry’s vintage place at the 1/3 floor of the Nebraska Union became no longer clean to find at the beginning both, college students fast figured it out. Even once college students discover the brand new space, there are concerns over its area on the brink of City Campus instead of being inside the more centrally placed union. However, the brand new region has a large parking zone, making it more convenient for off-campus students and huge-donation drop-offs.
“I recognize lots of students who say it’s miles over here, and it’s sincerely a seven-minute stroll from the union,” Boehm stated. “So, you can get your steps in with the aid of visiting us as well.” According to Husker Pantry’s website, over 30% of UNL students are food insecure, but the Husker Pantry is likewise to be had to the alternative 70%. “Everything is open to each student,” Patel stated. “So, even if they’re no longer food insecure, they can truly come to check out the pantry and see what different sources in the network might be to be had to them or beneficial to them.”
Boehm echoed the sentiment and stated she encourages everyone to check out the new space. “There are remarkable areas right here to come and look at or grasp out,” she stated. “We’re actually going to be doing plenty extra with the demonstration kitchen. So, generally, you will find unfastened snacks over right here, too, because distinctive human beings are going to be doing demonstrations. We’re definitely looking to beautify and inspire college students to come back over right here.”