Giving Tuesday will focus on Replenish, helping ensure students have
access to food, basic needs
The number of student visits to the
Replenish Basic Needs Center
this fall is nearly double over last year's figures.
Lariesha Lee, assistant director for the Center for
Women and Gender Equity, coordinates Replenish and food security
initiatives on campus. Lee said there were 736 visits to Replenish
in September and October, compared to 453 visits last fall. The
numbers are higher, Lee said, because of factors like inflation, the
end of some COVID-19 food assistance benefits, and more awareness of Replenish.
"There's a myth out there that college students
have all that they need," Lee said. "That's not true. Our
students have challenges sustaining themselves."
The number of visits to the Replenish Basic Needs Center has nearly
doubled over last year's figures.
For the second consecutive year, the Grand Valley
community will rally around the Replenish Student Food Resource Fund
during Giving Tuesday, the national philanthropic day of giving
after Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Last year, more than $45,000
was raised for Replenish during Giving Tuesday.
Giving Tuesday is November 28. There are numerous ways
to support the basic needs center throughout November.
Campus food drive:
Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at locations across
campus through December 1.
Challenge gifts have been created for alumni and faculty and
staff: Peter DeWitt '68 & Galene DeWitt '67 will match $1 for
every $1 donated by GVSU alumni to the Replenish Student Food
Resource Fund up to $5,000. Jenny Hall-Jones, vice president for
Student Affairs, and Scott Hall-Jones created a $1,000
challenge that will be unlocked after 75 faculty
and staff members make a gift
of any size to the Replenish Student Food Resource Fund.
Stop by the
Giving Tuesday Celebration
on November 28 in the Kirkhof Center lobby from 11
a.m.-2 p.m. for free food, care bag decorating, and to drop off
food drive donations.
The Replenish Student Food Resource Fund is one of many
GVSU funds the campus community can contribute to on November 28.