Members of the IUP family showed just how much heart Crimson Hawks have during IUP’s second Giving Tuesday effort.
A total of $16,247 was raised—far exceeding the $10,000 goal—with nearly $8,700 directly supporting the IUP Food Pantry to address food insecurity of IUP students. This also exceeds the amount raised in the 2017 Giving Tuesday effort.
A total of 144 donors stepped up for #Giving Tuesday; of which 121 gave in support of the food pantry. These donors join more than 150 students that have given in support of the food pantry through the Help a Hawk student giving project that began in
October and will conclude in the spring 2019 semester.
“Clearly, students are passionate about this project,” Stephanie Sell, interim director of Annual Giving, said. “A survey of students indicated that nearly one-third of our student population faces food insecurity at some time during their college career.
We’re working to change that here at IUP.”
In addition to the #GivingTuesday efforts, thanks to the generosity of the IUP family the Fredrick Douglass Institute’s Each One Reach One group will offer the first “pop-up” food pantry for IUP students from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30,
in the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement’s Great Room in Elkin Hall. To receive food items from the pantry, students are asked to show their I-Card and provide some personal information. The Each One Reach One student
group, led by Professor Melanie Hildebrandt, collected items for the food pantry project in November.
“I knew it would go well, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as successful as it ended up being,” said Dani Wade, member of Each One Reach One. “I’m really proud of this because it has made more people aware of food insecurity and it brings us one step closer
to getting the food pantry up and running. I think this really shows how IUP students care about each other and will step up and help each other. None of us want to see each other struggle.”
IUP will be working hard in the coming months to establish a food pantry that our students will have access to during the academic year. Stay tuned for more updates and ways to help our efforts as we work to fight food insecurity at IUP.
IUP students can continue to support the food pantry effort by donating to the Student Philanthropy Council’s giving project, Help a Hawk, by visiting www.iup.edu/helpahawk.