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Feeding the Need

Hunger Awareness Week was observed April 17-21, with a number of Dining Services-sponsored events to call attention to a sobering fact: One in five Penn College students has experienced hunger or food insecurity. Among the activities were an Open House at The Cupboard, a food pantry for students; a Tuesday cookout; a free spaghetti dinner; and information tables at three campus dining units.

– Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer, and Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor

Food donations are hand-delivered by R. Colby Janowitz, a culinary arts and systems student from Westminster, Md.
Food donations are hand-delivered by R. Colby Janowitz, a culinary arts and systems student from Westminster, Md.

Displayed is a sample of the provisions a student would receive from The Cupboard, with the intention to help them eat for a week. They would also receive a loaf of bread.
Displayed is a sample of the provisions a student would receive from The Cupboard, with the intention to help them eat for a week. They would also receive a loaf of bread.

The free pasta meal served a threefold purpose: to provide relief for students whose meal plans might be running low as the semester winds down; to promote the services of The Cupboard to those who might need them; and to publicize opportunities for students to donate leftover meal-plan funds or nonperishables from their own kitchens as they head off campus.
The free pasta meal served a threefold purpose: to provide relief for students whose meal plans might be running low as the semester winds down; to promote the services of The Cupboard to those who might need them; and to publicize opportunities for students to donate leftover meal-plan funds or nonperishables from their own kitchens as they head off campus.

The patio fills with the succulent smells of outdoor grilling.
The patio fills with the succulent smells of outdoor grilling.

Joel L. Gaines and Terri L. Ryan offer service with a smile.
Joel L. Gaines and Terri L. Ryan offer service with a smile.

A student enjoys a meal with a message.
A student enjoys a meal with a message.

Spaghetti, meatballs, breadsticks and salad make up a hearty menu.
Spaghetti, meatballs, breadsticks and salad make up a hearty menu.

The first 100 attendees at Tuesday's cookout received prize bags.
The first 100 attendees at Tuesday’s cookout received prize bags.

Save room for dessert – cupcakes adorned with orange, the chosen color for hunger-awareness efforts.
Save room for dessert – cupcakes adorned with orange, the chosen color for hunger-awareness efforts.

Dining Services employees Barbara E. Easton; Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director; and Vicki K. Killian, manager, prepare a table of salad and dressings for the year-end feast.
Dining Services employees Barbara E. Easton; Noelle B. Bloom, assistant director; and Vicki K. Killian, manager, prepare a table of salad and dressings for the year-end feast.

A touch of signature orange accents the Wildcat blue on the KDR courtyard patio.
A touch of signature orange accents the Wildcat blue on the KDR courtyard patio.