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Pantry, Money Management Move to Health Center
Nebraska Ag Connection - 08/13/2019

The University of Nebraska--Lincoln's Husker Pantry and Student Money Management programs have moved to the University Health Center.

Formerly in the Nebraska Union, both student support options are now aligned with Student Affair's Big Red Resilience and Well-being program. All are located near the patient parking lot on the north side of the health center. The pantry is in Room 123, while Big Red Resilience and Student Money Management are in Room 127.

"This move strengthens our commitment to support the holistic well-being of students," said Jake Johnson, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. "The new location will increase access to interrelated support services at the health center while reducing unnecessary shame or guilt for students seeking help."

The Husker Pantry aims to help students by offering free food staples and hygiene items. More than 30 percent of Nebraska students experience some level of food insecurity each academic year. In-demand items include pastas, rice, breakfast cereals, canned meats and tuna, canned vegetables, fruits, and beans, soaps and shampoos, toothpaste, and personal hygiene items. Pantry operations are staffed by student volunteers and a graduate assistant.

Supported by the campus and the community, the pantry accepts donations through the following methods:

- purchase items from the pantry's Amazon wish listfor direct shipment to the pantry.

- deliver items in-person to the pantry during open hours; and

- drop-off items at donation bins located around campus.

Student Money Management offers one-on-one money coaching sessions to help students learn how to manage money better and plan for their future financial well-being. The programs are led by Megan Patel, an accredited financial counselor and certified personal financial manager, as well as peer volunteers. The program offers a list of more than 400 tools and resources for students to access online.

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