Any monetary donations to the UW-Eau Claire Campus Harvest Food Pantry made by Oct. 30 will be matched in "food dollars" up to $5,000 by Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire.
"For every $1 we receive between now and Oct. 30, we can purchase $10 worth of food from Feed My People Food Bank," said Julie Carr, Campus Harvest administrative supervisor.
So far this semester, 40 students have picked up food from Campus Harvest, and the number of students using the pantry is expected to grow, Carr said.
Campus Harvest opened on campus Sept. 2 in an effort to diminish food insecurity among students. Introduced by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Office of Student Affairs in partnership with Feed My People Food Bank, Campus Harvest is located in Room 4 on the lower level of Schofield Hall.
Campus Harvest is open three days a week for two hours each day, staffed by student volunteers and offering food to students without asking for proof of need. Food and monetary donations are collected to stock the pantry, with gifted money being used exclusively to buy food from Feed My People Food Bank.
According to Feeding America's 2014 Hunger in America Report, 10 percent of the 46.5 million individuals who currently use the Feeding America network of food banks are students. Of those, nearly one-third said that they had to choose between spending their money on food and spending their money on their education.
Donations to Campus Harvest can be made on the pantry's website or by stopping by the pantry during its open hours of noon-2 p.m. Mondays, 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and 5-7 p.m. Thursdays.