Western’s Cavalier Cupboard received more donations in pandemic year, report shows

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — A new report from Western Technical College’s Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement Department shows that use of Western’s on-campus food pantry, the Cavalier Cupboard, declined during the 2020-21 academic year but still served hundreds of students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual report showed the total amount of students and families served was 416 throughout the academic year. In total, 76 students used the service over a course of 184 total visits to the pantry, which was in a pick-up format using COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Forty-two students received a holiday meal package for the winter break in December.

“Provided that the majority of campus was shut down over the last year, we are very pleased with these numbers,” said Kari Reyburn, director of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement at Western. “While our community continues to return to normal, we know food insecurity is not going away and our need will increase as students return to campus.”

A Western student who recognized the need to provide food for students started the Cavalier Cupboard in 2014. The pantry has served over 5,000 students and their families since then.

More information about the Cavalier Cupboard is available on the Western website.