Lane’s Rainy Day Food Pantry is growing rapidly with the help of an anonymous donor.
The pantry received $2,500 anonymously, ASLCC Sustainability Coordinator Michael Weed said at the student government’s Jan. 8 meeting. With this money, the pantry was able to stock up on toiletries and high-demand food items.
The pantry also collected 229 pounds of food from Food for Lane County.
“Even though this was our first week back in school, over 25 people came to the pantry,” Weed said.
Weed is currently setting up a voluntary contact list for students who use the Rainy Day Food Pantry.
To use the pantry, students provide proof of their status as students and must earn less than $21,000 annually. Weed said almost every student that goes to Lane meets the requirements to be eligible for the food pantry.
On Jan. 10, 2014, No Cash Clothing Stash, a nonprofit free thrift store at Lane, joined forces with the pantry. Students in need of reliable shoes, coats or other clothing items are able to use this free resource. It opened Monday Jan. 13 and will stay open five days a week.
“This was my dream,” Weed said. “It made no sense to be separated.”
Five students had already arrived by the 11:00 a.m opening. On average the Clothing Stash receives anywhere between 15 to 30 students a day.
“I think it’s going to be good, because we are both nonprofit services that help the community,” said Kim Meyers, staff member of the No Cash Clothing Stash.
With a new location in Room 218 of the Center Building, the store benefits from increased foot traffic.
Lane student Jennifer White uses the Clothing Stash at least twice per month, both donating and receiving clothes.
“Everything I have on, except for my shoes and my socks, are from this place. Almost every day, I am wearing something from the clothing store,” White said.
In addition to receiving clothes, White makes an effort to donate to the Clothing Stash.