"We received partial funding for approximately $5,000," Gladney said.
She said the new room will be about five times bigger than their current location, allowing for more food storage. She said she wants to paint the walls of the new room with food pyramids and other images that encourage healthy eating.
Shawnna Gladney said she is excited that Carolina Cupboard will now be able to provide perishable food, because it offers a healthier option for students facing food insecurity.
“When we think about food, and foods that are available to students, there is a high correlation between poor nutrition and health and consumption of perishable food items,” Gladney said. “I wanted us to not only be able to provide resources to students, but to be able to give them nutritious options.”
Taylor Bates, residence hall association president, works closely with Carolina Cupboard and has provided them with non-perishable foods in the past.
“I think it is a very exciting expansion,” Bates said. “I mean obviously now that they are able to have perishable foods it changes the logistics of how we do food drives.”
Bates said the expansion will increase the visibility of Carolina Cupboard across campus, helping more students.
Roderick Gladney, founder of Carolina Cupboard and Shawnna Gladney’s brother, said he has watched the program grow since it first opened in the spring of 2014.
“Carolina Cupboard has grown beyond what I could have expected, in a great way,” he said.
Roderick Gladney said one of the hardest parts about starting Carolina Cupboard was finding available space on campus for food storage. He said that is no longer an issue, and the expansion furthers his original goal of providing food to students struggling with food insecurity.