Panther's Pantry was established in 2014 by graduate students from the coordinated program (CP) in the Nutrition Department. A survey conducted by CP students showed 68% of college students at Georgia State were food insecure at any one point while enrolled at the university, so the students decided to start the pantry. Studies have shown food insecurity among college students is linked to lower graduation rates and ultimately undermines their ability to succeed. The pantry aimed to solve this problem, so with the help of volunteers, more CP students and the Nutrition Department, the Panther Pantry began. Since 2014, additional pantries have opened at the Clarkston, Decatur, and Dunwoody Campuses.
The pantry has seen a dramatic increase in student visits since the Fall of 2017. The pantry has served up to 135 students in one week, while prior student visits were 11-15 students per week. In fall 2018, Panther’s Pantry under GSU Foundation became a 501c3 non-profit organization and are now a partner agency with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Alleviate the barriers and challenges associated with food insecurity and hunger by providing supplemental food assistance and basic necessities to at risk students and faculty/staff in need at Georgia State University.
Distribute food and basic necessities to the Georgia State University community in an effort to alleviate the stress associated with short-term food insecurity and other financial constraints in order to effectively reduce hunger and improve student success.