Campus Harvest, Campus Closet announce new location, summer hours

| Julie Poquette

UW-Eau Claire's Campus Harvest Food Pantry and Campus Closet are open during the university's summer session — and they have moved to a new location: Room 49 on the basement level of Brewer Hall.

From June 18 through Aug. 7, Campus Harvest and Campus Closet, which offer free services to students in need of supplemental food assistance and/or professional attire for interviews and career fairs, will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m. Any student with a Blugold ID may visit the pantry and/or Campus Closet once per week. Students unable to visit during regular hours may schedule an appointment by emailing Dr. Demetrius Smith at smithdem@uwec.edu

The new location provides more space to accommodate students, says Smith, program director for equity, diversity and inclusion, who oversees operations of the pantry and closet.

"In the pantry area, students have more room to shop and look at the various options," Smith says. "The closet offers more space as well, including dressing rooms. We also have a room designated for ironing and steaming clothes, and a room for inventory and storage."

Among the food offerings in the Campus Harvest Food Pantry will be fresh produce harvested from the McIntyre Library Community Garden, grown by library staff and other volunteers, Smith says. Volunteers expect to begin harvesting in July. Last year the garden organizers donated 150 pounds of produce to Campus Harvest, and this year they expect to increase that amount thanks to an expanded garden size and other upgrades. 

Opened in September of 2014, the Campus Harvest Food Pantry was developed to aid the high percentage of students who self-identify as food insecure. Most of the pantry’s products are collected through donations (both monetary and nutritional) from the campus and community.

The Campus Closet opened in 2018 to help UW-Eau Claire students meet another challenge: finding affordable clothing suitable for job interviews and career fairs. All attire in the Campus Closet is donated, and closet staff assist students in finding clothing items that help them make that positive first impression.

For more information about Campus Harvest Food Pantry and Campus Closet, contact Dr. Demetrius Smith at smithdem@uwec.edu.