WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A food pantry on Purdue's campus is trying to combat food insecurity. The ACE Food Pantry is located in the basement of the Baptist Student Foundation, located at 200 N. Russell Street in West Lafayette.
It has been serving campus since 2015. Anyone with a Purdue ID can come and get the essentials they need, this includes students, staff and faculty.
The Purdue University Senate is asking professors to encourage students struggling with food and housing insecurity to let them know and to seek resources like ACE.
Christelle Mutombo is a fifth year senior who volunteers and is a shift lead at the food pantry. She said food insecurity affects students in multiple ways.
"If you aren't eating well, you won't perform well in your classes, if you're not performing well in your classes then your GPA has a risk of going down, if you're GPA goes down you're at risk of not graduating on time or having to retake a class, things like that," she said.
A study done in 2017 found that between 11% and 14% of students getting a four-year degree struggle with food insecurity. Mutombo said students at Purdue are not exempt from that statistic.
"Food insecurity has many faces," she said. "I myself have combated with food insecurity over the past few months, my friends have as well."
The pantry is entirely student run. Items are worth a certain amount of points. If you are shopping for yourself, you can grab 15 points worth of items. If you are shopping for a family, you can get 20 points worth. Mutombo said some items, like a loaf of bread, don't have a point worth and are completely free to take.
The pantry is run on donations. They take donations from individuals or from community partners.
It is open on Tuesdays from 12-6 p.m. and Sundays from 5-8 p.m. You can contact the pantry at 765-494-1926 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.