PUSH organizes Pack the Pantry campaign to encourage food donations – The Observer

PUSH is running Pack the Pantry, a campaign to promote and encourage food donations during the month of February. This is a media campaign consisting of social media promotions and flyers all over campus.

According to Matthew Braganza, PUSH’s Data Analytics Manager and Junior in Sports Business and Accounting, PUSH and the ASCWU are working together to support this campaign. They primarily advertise to CWU students, staff, and faculty.

According to Braganza, much of the pantry’s donations come from students and leftover money from meal plans. He hopes this event will convince faculty and various departments to also make giving a regular habit, as they will be at CWU for a longer period of time than students.

Students and staff can participate by donating food or clothing at one of three drop-off points, which are located at the Diversity and Equity Center (DEC) in Black Hall, on the first floor of Brooks Library and at the office from the ASCWU to the second. SURC floor.

“I’m hoping to see a collaborative effort from a bunch of different departments,” Braganza said. “By putting pressure on faculty and departments in particular, we hope to see a collaborative effort between all communities and organizations here, all toward the same goal.”

Braganza hopes Pack The Pantry will increase donations this month and that people who donate this month can get into the habit of giving regularly. 2022 is the first year this event is taking place.

“As far as numbers are concerned, it’s hard to expect, because we haven’t done anything like that in particular,” Braganza said. “We don’t know what community engagement might look like.”

In the 64 days since PUSH opened for the calendar year, PUSH has donated 3,698 total items to students and community members as of Feb. 10, according to Braganza.

Braganza said many students rely on the resources provided by PUSH. Not only those who are unlucky use it, but freshmen who underestimate the meal plan to get will often supplement their food with resources from the pantry. Students from foreign countries with warmer climates also use PUSH’s clothing to help them adapt to the colder climate.

Braganza thinks that students often underestimate how easy it is to find themselves in a situation where you need help like what PUSH offers.

“The reason I joined PUSH is because in the spring of 2021 I had a medical emergency and couldn’t work for a week or two, and a student with no source of income that weighs on you,” said Braganza. “With PUSH, it was just a great way to get the resources I needed.”

However, according to PUSH President Jaeda Nelson, having a student-run organization like PUSH is great because students deserve help from the university when they need resources.

“Students are solving a problem that they face directly, which is bittersweet,” Nelson said. “We are privileged to put our student experience at the forefront of everything they do, but we also bear the brunt of solving a problem that shouldn’t be ours alone to solve.”

For more information on how to donate or other forms of giving such as PUSH’s Amazon Wishlist and Venmo, go to www.cwu.edu/push.

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