With food, raffles and a ukelele band, Carolina Cupboard leaders and community members gathered around Avery Residence Hall to celebrate the reopening of the pantry on Friday.
Carolina Cupboard is a food pantry that provides students facing food insecurities access to food. The pantry has operated out of Avery since October 2014.
The new space is three times larger, adding refrigerators and freezers to the space. With their new location, Carolina Cupboard is able to provide students with perishable food items.
“When we were first in our smaller space with non-perishable items only, my goal was to include perishable food items into Carolina Cupboard,” said Jashawnna Gladney, co-founder of Carolina Cupboard. “So today is a goal I get to mark off my personal life accomplishment list, but it’s also a milestone for the food pantry as well.”
The partnerships Carolina Cupboard made with other social justice organizations on campus are important in providing perishable food items. Carolina Cupboard's partners include Challah for Hunger, The Sonder Market and Edible Campus UNC. Each organization had a booth and provided information during the re-opening event.