Have you ever thought of oatmeal as a student retention tool?
Let’s think about that now!
Our Communications Team first ran a segment titled “Superheros Show Up With Granola Bars” in our June 28 division bulletin, but I’m repeating the messaging here in case you missed it.
Some students are attempting college on an extremely limited budget. In fact, recent surveys indicated that 45% of students reported facing food insecurity. A college education is one clear way to change one’s life, but it is difficult to study on an empty stomach or make time for homework if every non-class hour is spent trying to make enough money just to address the most basic needs. Doing something about this particular barrier to student persistence can be as easy as adding a few items for Benny’s Pantry to your shopping list.
I don’t want to assume we’ve all visited the pantry or know how it operates, but Benny’s Pantry is essentially a “store” where students may shop for free twice a month just by swiping their Bengal ID card. The Pocatello campus pantry is located on the lower level of the Pond Student Union, next to the billiards and bowling alley, with access from Chavez street or through the Games Center.
Every week, our Student Affairs Bulletin will include an updated list of food items needed for the pantry, but we also want to make dropping off your donations as easy as possible. You can always leave your items in one of the two donation boxes in front of the Pantry, which is on the ground floor of the Pond Student Union Building. But you are also welcome to leave donations in the Student Affairs office suite in the SUB hypostyle. We’ll deliver them for you!
List of Current Benny’s Pantry Needs
- Vegetable oil
- White Rice
- Granola Bars
The Pantry can now store refrigerated and frozen items, but make sure someone is present to receive your donation if you are donating these items.
We talk a lot about the problem of student retention at ISU. Shattering those barriers is sometimes as simple as making sure our students can concentrate on learning. Want to make a difference? Make a donation. Every item helps our Bengals ROAR!
Vice President for Student Affairs
and Enrollment Management