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Feeding the Future

Enjoying both the cuisine and the company are (clockwise from bottom left) Cody A. Forke, a building automation technology student from Gilbertsville; Josiah D. Stoltzfus, construction management, Morgantown; Morgan N. Keyser, Cogan Station, graphic design; and Bryonna A. Aldubayan, Old Forge, pre-applied health studies: occupational therapy concentration.
Enjoying both the cuisine and the company are (clockwise from bottom left) Cody A. Forke, a building automation technology student from Gilbertsville; Josiah D. Stoltzfus, construction management, Morgantown; Morgan N. Keyser, Cogan Station, graphic design; and Bryonna A. Aldubayan, Old Forge, pre-applied health studies: occupational therapy concentration.
A diner is served by Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life.
A diner is served by Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life.
Students sign up to win raffle prizes, including a "Make Your Own Pasta Dinner" package.
Students sign up to win raffle prizes, including a “Make Your Own Pasta Dinner” package.
Todd Moore, student affairs marketing specialist, keeps the food line humming.
Todd Moore, student affairs marketing specialist, keeps the food line humming.
Donations plant the seed for this fall's opening of a food pantry for students.
Donations plant the seed for this fall’s opening of a food pantry for students.

A free spaghetti dinner was held this past week in the Keystone Dining Room to call attention to food insecurity – the struggle to afford sufficient food for good nutrition – and to support an imminent on-campus resource to ease the problem. A recent Dining Services survey indicated that, if a food pantry was available on campus, 69.5 percent of student respondents would use it as a means to supplement their grocery purchases. More than half of the students questioned (59 percent) also said they have gone without food or skipped a meal because they lacked the money or resources to eat. Those attending Thursday’s dinner were asked to contribute a nonperishable food item toward The Cupboard at Penn College; slated to open for the Fall 2016 semester, the facility will be a food pantry specifically targeted to assist Penn College students that are struggling with food insecurities. The event was sponsored by Dining Services and the Off-Campus Housing Organization.
Photos by Caleb S. Schirmer, student photographer