Due to the coronavirus outbreak leaving many convenience stores limited of essential resources, at least 30 percent of Temple University students do not know when their next meal could be.
“The main goal of the Cherry Pantry is honestly just to fight food insecurity in the Temple community. We know through work that the Hope Center has done through Sara Goldrick-Raab that our on campus population is certainly fighting food insecurity on their own,” said Senior Associate Dean of Students Rachael Stark.
The Cherry Pantry is now located at 1601 Park Ave at the Morgan Hall TUPD substation to be available to the Temple community. Its hours of operation are now Tuesday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Friday 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Students that would like to pick up food need to possess a student-ID.
“Our purpose is to supplement students with non-perishable food items. They’re able to come to the pantry during a typical operation to receive 16 points of food for the week,” Stark said
In the month of March, the Cherry Pantry has given a total of 61 bags of non-perishable food items to students and 39 in the last week since relocating to the substation
Students in need of assistance can apply for the Student Emergency Aid Fund. The Emergency Aid can assist Temple students with rent, bills, and food.
The Cherry Pantry also offers resources to other food pantries around Philadelphia to where students go if they are in need.
Full list of Other Local Pantries:
Lutheran Settlement House (Food Pantry)
Location: 1340 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125
St. Francis Inn (Hot Meals)
Location: 2441 Kensington Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125
Philadelphia Temple Corps Community Center (Emergency Food Pantry)
Location: 1340 Brown Street. Philadelphia, PA 19123
St. Michaels Lutheran Church – Kensington (Food Pantry)
Location: 2139 E Cumberland St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Church of the Advocate (Meal)
Location: 1801 W Diamond St, Philadelphia, PA 19121