Campus Food Pantry Full From Generous Duhawks

When the decision was made to send students home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a small number of students with extenuating circumstances arranged to stay sheltered on campus. With limited food service available, a call went out to help replenish the stores of the campus food pantry.

The campus community responded in a big way.

“The response has been great,” Kim Walsh, associate dean of students, said. “We have had several faculty and staff drop off food and money donations. I am always amazed by the generosity of the campus community.”

Food dropped off by students and faculty quickly filled up space in the Student Life department. Monetary donations came in from alumni and parents. Within 24 hours, enough resources we on hand to support students for multiple weeks.

The food pantry is available to students throughout the academic year, but the pandemic provides a unique situation for students.

“It is especially helpful to the students who can’t go home now during this outbreak,” Walsh explained. “Many of the students staying have expressed concern about food access due to the limited service, closed restaurants and financial resources. Additionally, these students have lost income due to campus jobs being temporarily discontinued.”

Nineteen students remain on campus, and the generosity of the College community has resulted in a significant level of support through uncertain times.

Generous donations to the campus food pantry are just the latest examples of Duhawks helping Duhawks.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).