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Frequently Asked Questions About Replenish

How do I access Replenish?

Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday 1 p.m. -3 p.m. 

Kirkhof Center room 0074-lower level

How do I make referrals to Replenish?

Faculty and staff are encouraged to refer students who express a need that can be minimized by accessing Replenish.  Please contact the Women's Center at 616.331.2748 or email at womenctr@gvsu.edu with any questions about this process.

Will I need to prove that I am eligible for access?

Replenish does not require any documentation of need. Replenish operates on the honor system. Students will be asked to fill out a brief intake form with basic information, but it is not necessary to prove eligibility. The intake form provides the Women's Center with valuable data which will enhance our ability to attract support for the food pantry.

How many times can I visit Replenish?

Due to increased demand, we are no longer able to provide access to the pantry on an unlimited basis. Students in need are welcome to visit twice per month.

Why does GVSU need an on-campus food resource for students?

Many students have voiced concern to various faculty and staff members on campus regarding their economic situation. Obtaining an adequate food supply is often a major component of the financial stress that students bear. A GVSU staff member who works directly with students had the following to say about the need for an on-campus food pantry, "On a near daily basis, I witness college students who are scrounging for free food... I have often wondered how these GVSU college students are able to make it out there and what they do when they are hungry and go back to empty or near empty cupboards." Another GVSU staff member that also provides direct service to students stated, "Helping Grand Valley's neediest with the cost of food would allow those students to focus their time, money, and energy upon more academic pursuits."

Research exists that shows a relationship between inadequate nutrition and decreased academic performance. An article by Wolfe, Burkman, and Streng (2000) describes the problem in the following manner, "Although we in the U.S. don't see the starvation situation found in developing countries, we do grapple with transient hunger and meal skipping. Without an adequate daily refueling of nutrients from food, the body places learning behind its need to sustain life-support functions" (pp. 55).

While there are community resources available, it may be difficult to access them due to transportation. Also, sometimes community food resources are not able to accommodate students based on their eligibility guidelines. By bringing a food supply to the GVSU campus, it eliminates some of the barriers students may face when accessing outside sources.

Other universities have established on-campus food programs and have experienced great success.

Who are the campus partners for this project?

The campus partners for this project include the Grand Valley State University Student Academic Success Center, Campus Dining, Community Service Learning Center, Counseling and Career Development Center, Dean of Students, Educational Support Program, Financial Aid, Housing and Residence Life, Hunger and Homelessness Student Organization, Office of Inclusion and Equity, Office of Multicultural Affairs, TRIO, & the University Bookstore. All of these campus departments are committed to the success of the Student Food Pantry.

How can I donate ?

Donations are accepted on site at Replenish or at the Women's Center during open hours. Off-campus entities can request someone pick up their donations by contacting the Women's Center at 616.331.2748 or womenctr@gvsu.edu. Donations may be in the form of perishable and non-perishable food items, gift cards to local grocery stores, or a monetary donation. Donations are tax-deductible and the donor will be provided with a receipt from University Development reflecting their contribution.

I am trying to decide what to donate. What donations are most needed at the pantry?

Some of the items that are most popular include laundry detergent, pasta sauce, cereal, peanut butter, canned chicken/tuna, pasta, soup, granola bars, and feminine hygiene products.

 

Wolfe, P., Burkman, M.A., & Streng, K. (2000). The Science of Nutrition. Educational Leadership, 57, 54-59.