Mizzou Engineering students, faculty and staff will have better access to needed food, household and hygiene products as the College opened a pantry in Lafferre Hall in partnership with Tiger Pantry.
“It will be open to all (Mizzou) students, faculty, and staff, but located in the College of Engineering for improved access and visibility for Engineering students,” said Cassandra Siela, director of international programs for the College. Siela, Hilary Mueller, Brandon Guffey and Jason Huddleston are the Engineering staff members that lead the effort.
Before this location, engineering students, staff and faculty would have traveled to Tiger Pantry’s Hitt Street Garage location for necessary items.
The College provided both a room and the financial support to purchase household and hygiene items.
Siela said she and other staff members were inspired by Tiger Pantry’s incredible work, and a desire to serve students.
“We hope it will provide additional support for those experiencing loss of personal and family income,” Siela said. “We also hope it inspires students, faculty, and staff who are in a position to support the work of Tiger Pantry to do so.”
“Tiger Pantry has stayed open through this incredibly difficult and uncertain time, supporting our students and community. The College’s efforts to support students is just a small fraction of what Tiger Pantry is able to do to help everyone at Mizzou,” Siela said.
Direct donations to Tiger Pantry’s central location can be made here. Those wishing to support the Mizzou Engineering Pantry may email ENGRinclusivity@missouri.edu. To support international students who cannot access domestic funding sources like the CARES Act, donations can be made to the International Center’s International Student and Scholar Fund.
The pantry launched Aug. 17 and is in Lafferre Hall. It will be open Mondays and Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursdays 2 to 6 p.m. when classes are in session.