The Social Work Department and Student Services have partnered to create Titans Feeding Titans, a student-run food pantry serving IU South Bend students and staff. It will be located in the Student Activities Center, room 114 in the former concession area.
Titans Feeding Titans is targeted to begin operations early in the 2016 spring semester, but the exact opening date will be determined based on when they receive enough donations to stock the pantry. The goal is to be open on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm, but will depend upon how soon the pantry is fully stocked.
Titans Feeding Titans is currently accepting both monetary and non-perishable food items and hygiene product donations.
Suggested donation items include:
• Peanut butter
• Canned tuna
• Canned chicken
• Microwaveable pasta
• Protein/cereal bars
• Pantry staples
• Macaroni and cheese
• Canned vegetables
• Canned/dried fruits
• Canned chili
• Ramen noodles
• Canned or powdered soups
• Single serving tea/coffee
• Soap/Shampoo/Toothpaste/Body Wash/Deodorant
Donation bins are located in the Student Service area, outside room A112, the SAC near the gym entrance, the library, and the Social Work department. Arrangements may also be made to drop off donations at the pantry if assistance is needed for unloading.
The idea for a food pantry serving IU South Bend came about nearly two years ago, through collaborations with Student Services and Social Work faculty, staff, and students.
“Working in Student Services, I would see the need for this type of resource when working with students. After I began teaching for the Social Work department, I challenged my undergrad class of SWK S 251 History and Analysis of Social Welfare Policy to come up with the plan for this. They researched and found that food insecurity in St. Joseph County, where most of our students live, is higher than the Indiana state average,” said Anne Drake, Disabilities Specialist, Office of Disability Support Services.
Students and staff were also surveyed to gain consensus on whether or not there was a campus wide interest in or need for a food bank, with a majority of findings being in support of the resource. The Social Work students then officially proposed the idea to the Social Work Department and Student Services, as well as Chancellor Allison and other IU administrators and it was approved.
“Our hope for Titans Feeding Titans is to be a driving force against food insecurity on the IU South Bend campus. If providing some extra food helps with one less worry that week for students and allows them to concentrate on their academics, then we feel we are not only feeding them physically, but also mentally,” said Drake.
For more information about the Titans Feeding Titans IU South Bend Food Pantry, please contact Anne Drake, Disabilities Specialist, Office of Disability Support Services: firstname.lastname@example.org, 520-4256, or Carol Massat, Professor and Director, Social Work: email@example.com, 520-4822.