Every Tuesday and Thursday, over 100 Walla Walla University students visit the new Eden’s Pantry located in the University Church youth room. Since December, Eden’s Pantry has supplied nutritious food at no cost to students in need.
The pantry, begun by Troy Fitzgerald, University Church outreach and discipleship pastor, and Jonathan Simons, master of social work student, offers a selection of healthful foods, including bread, canned soup, cereal, beans, and canned fruits and vegetables. Food, time, and funding are donated by church families to support students and community members who struggle with access to enough food.
Fitzgerald said, “Because we believe that every person is created in the image of God, our mission reaches beyond providing food to promote the value of nutrition, increase self- sufficiency, and instill hope. Furthermore, we seek to encourage an understanding of food insecurity within our community and to create a space for students and church members to volunteer and come together. In this way, Eden’s Pantry helps to ensure that food relief has a more meaningful, enduring impact.”
Having this resource on campus also gives students the opportunity to connect with church and community members. To learn more about Eden’s Pantry or to donate food or other resources, contact Troy Fitzgerald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted Jan. 29, 2020