Department: Student Affairs

Annual campus food drive leads to new pantry for students

November 19, 2014

Emporia State students are the winners with the launching of a new food pantry and surpassing a rival school in the annual food drive.

The annual Can the Bods competition with Washburn University in Topeka ended in October, and Corky’s Cupboard, a food pantry on campus for Emporia State students, opened this month.

For Tyler Huddleston, Emporia State’s student body president, opening Corky’s Cupboard is a dream he first envisioned after a fellow student he knew from classes and student groups abruptly left school, citing “personal reasons.”

“The student ended up leaving Emporia State because he didn’t have funding for food,” explained Huddleston. “That is one of the stories that resonated with our group, and it is one of the major reasons we wanted to start Corky’s Cupboard food pantry.”

The canned food drive competition with Washburn is a longstanding tradition with each school selecting a local food pantry then collecting cans to try to gather more than the other school. The competition concludes in time for the Emporia State-Washburn football game, this year on Nov. 1.

This year, Emporia State students collected 59,835 items while Washburn students collected 15,000. In keeping with tradition, Huddleston as Emporia State student president traveled to Topeka to “pie” Cassandra White, president of Washburn Student Government Association.

Emporia State’s campaign capitalized on a partnership with Emporia’s Radio Stations to support the Salvation Army food pantry. Food collected in Emporia and Lyon County was given to the Salvation Army. Food donated on campus by students, staff, faculty and alumni stayed here for Corky’s Cupboard.

“We are really fortunate to have, not only a very supportive university, but a supportive community as well,” said Huddleston. “We cannot thank everyone enough. All of those who not only donated, but also put in a lot of hard work in order to make this year such a success. We could not have done it without the overwhelming support we received.”

Corky’s Cupboard, located in the Center for Student Involvement, is open from noon to 5 p.m. every Monday and Thursday while Emporia State is in session. It also is available by request during breaks.

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