Lion’s Pantry Raises Awareness with ‘Canstuction’

Story posted March 31, 2019 in CommRadio, News by Maria Coyne

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Lion’s Pantry at Penn State hosted a two-day nationwide event called “Canstruction” in the HUB-Robeson Center on Wednesday and Thursday.

Lion’s pantry Volunteer Coordinator, Ann White, says this event was created in order to raise awareness about the Lion’s Pantry for students to be able to use.

“The task is to build some kind of structure with canned goods or food items and we invited a couple organizations on campus and asked them if they would like to join us in trying to build a structure,” she said.

The other organizations involved with “Canstruction” were Project Cahir, Eco Action and Penn State Global Brigades. Each of these clubs were represented with innovative structures of canned goods in room 131 of the HUB-Robeson Center.

Throughout the year, the main mission of the Lion’s Pantry is to provide food and other resources to students who are facing food insecurities. General body member, Michala Cooney, says it has always been a passion of hers to be involved in service related to food.

“It is definitely a rewarding experience trying to get that message to others,” Cooney said. “that you are not alone and we are here for you and we have your back and we definitely want to help you succeed in any way we can.”

The Lion’s Pantry at Penn State is looking for more people to get involved with the club to help out with events such as “Canstruction” and events during National Hunger Awareness Week.



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