Temple University’s Cherry Pantry celebrated its five-year anniversary on February 17, 2023
The Cherry Pantry located in the Student Center on Main Campus celebrated its five-year anniversary by giving the community a new way to get produce and food. The anniversary celebration began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony rebranding the pantry.
This provides more perishable food options for students. Julie Barnett stated, “We’re looking to make the space larger to offer more items. We do want to have dairy, more produce, and more fresh food accessible to everyone. “
Nathaniel Irvine, a donor to the Cherry Pantry, knows first-hand what it is like to go without food. Providing a meal for every student is his mission. Irvine states, “Watching the growth take place has been unbelievable for me. When we first walked in here the shelves were pretty barren and we were doing the best with what we were given.”
The pantry also offers hygiene products for students such as coconut oil, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and more! Student Volunteer Samantha Roehl stated, “ We also have a hygiene cabinet that is only open the first week of every month because the items fly so fast.”
Chris Barnett, a Temple University alumnus and donor spoke of Temple’s need for better access to food resources among Temple students. “The best part of the pantry is the accessibility,” said Barnett, “We want the pantry to be real-time help for food insecurities and when you are hungry today, you have access.”