Corky's Cupboard celebrates fifth anniversary Featured

Emporia State University President Allison Garrett cuts a celebration cake as the university's mascot, Corky, observes the proceedings for Corky's Cupboard's fifth anniversary Tuesday. Emporia State University President Allison Garrett cuts a celebration cake as the university's mascot, Corky, observes the proceedings for Corky's Cupboard's fifth anniversary Tuesday. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Corky's Cupboard celebrated its fifth anniversary Tuesday.

Created by Associated Student Government to help fight food insecurity on campus, the food pantry has accomplished that task. Since 2014, over 960 students have received almost 58,000 items, thanks to food donations. Center for Student Involvement Director of Student Activities and Community Service Blythe Eddy says there were a lot of discussions about just how to combat food insecurity before Corky's Cupboard came to be.

During its short history, Corky's Cupboard has expanded from a nonperishable food pantry to include items like frozen foods, toiletries and baking supplies.



Most of the food donations come from the annual Can the Bods competition pitting ESU against archrival Washburn. This year, Emporia State defeated Washburn 69,000 items to 9,000. That list includes about 4,000 actual food items, roughly $9,000 at the equivalent of three items per dollar and the better than 30,000 items generated during KVOE's Drive for Food benefiting the Emporia Salvation Army.

Funds from the food pantry buy refrigerated or frozen items from the Kansas Food Bank or retail stores if needed. They also co-sponsor Cook Healthy Eat Well, or CHEW, which has a nutritionist showing students how cooking from home is actually cheaper than eating out.


Photos by Chuck Samples/KVOE News

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