Small Business Spotlight: Bearcat Pantry
Something people might not see or talk about is poverty and homelessness within colleges. Everyone is aware of the homeless population in general because living in Cincinnati, we see homeless people quite frequently. But did you know that a survey done on 70 college campuses across 24 states showed that 13-14% of the student body was homeless? The researcher said she thinks this number is actually too small because the survey only had a 5% response rate. The growing concern is that people are not aware of this problem, so they don’t talk about it.
A place to start is right here at UC at the Bearcat Pantry. This is a nonprofit organization that started in 2016 with the goal of helping out students with issues in order to provide some comfort of where their next meal or shampoo bottle is coming from.
The UC Bearcats Pantry provides free food, hygiene items, and cleaning supplies to students with food and other insecurities. The pantry also provides meal vouchers that can be used at campus dining halls. The pantry is meant to provide supplemental support which means we do not supply enough food to completely eradicate food insecurity. Our goal is to assist students in need by cutting down their grocery bills and connecting them to other resources in an effort to promote independence. The Bearcats Pantry is here to support students of all backgrounds and serve the student population.
Although all students have their own financial struggles, most students don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. This nonprofit organization has another goal of raising awareness of this problem throughout college campuses. You can help out by following their social media.
- Twitter handle (UCBearcatsCare)
- Facebook page (UC Bearcats Care)
- Instagram (UC_Bearcats_Pantry)
- If you would like to host a food drive, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send you materials!
Author: Grace Maxwell, Undergraduate Consultant