Food drives by students to help needy during holidays

By University Communications
December 2, 2016
UW-Stout students Kyhlie Steele, left, and Afton Hanger of the Campus Change Committee led a food drive at the residence halls to benefit Stepping Stones food pantry.

Photo: UW-Stout students Kyhlie Steele, left, and Afton Hanger of the
Campus Change Committee led a food drive at the residence halls to
benefit Stepping Stones food pantry.


The student-led Campus Change Committee at University of Wisconsin-Stout is hoping to effect positive change in the Menomonie area during the holidays by helping make sure people have enough to eat.

The committee, part of the Residence Hall Association, held a pre-Thanksgiving food drive in the residence halls and is planning a similar pre-Christmas effort.

The food collected is going to Stepping Stones food pantry in Menomonie. The pantry receives about 1,400 visits a month.

The Thanksgiving food drive netted about 140 nonperishable food items, including canned goods, cereal, coffee and a dorm room staple, mac and cheese. The items were donated to the pantry Monday, Nov. 21.

Donation boxes had been set out near the front desks at residence halls across campus.

“I think it went well, being the first one,” said student Kyhlie Steele, of New Lisbon, a member of the Campus Change Committee who coordinated the effort along with fellow committee member and student Afton Hanger, of Roseville, Minn.

“It’s a good feeling to know we’re helping others in the community,” Steele said.

The Christmas food drive in the residence halls will be held from Dec. 9 to Dec. 19.

Kris Pawlowski, food pantry coordinator, said Stepping Stones typically sees more traffic in the days before a holiday, so the donation is welcome.

“We get great support from Stout and from Stout students,” said Pawlowski, who noted that other campus food drives benefit the pantry throughout the year, including a recent large one by Athletics.

Stepping Stones also typically employs UW-Stout student interns and has students volunteer at the facility, she said.

Steele and Hanger said they participated in many volunteer activities when they were in high school and want to continue to give back while at UW-Stout.

The Campus Change Committee is made up of six students, two student advisers and an adviser from the Residence Hall Association. It works annually on projects and initiatives that have the potential to positively impact campus. Recent projects have included developing student bus routes and sponsoring an annual competition to save energy in the residence halls.

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