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UWindsor food pantry receives generous donation from local union

Published On: Tue, Apr 12th, 2022, 2:27PMLast Updated: Tue, Apr 12th, 2022, 2:27PM1.3 min read
By Published On: Tue, Apr 12th, 2022, 2:27PMLast Updated: Tue, Apr 12th, 2022, 2:27PM1.3 min read

The University of Windsor’s food pantry has received a donation of $15,000 from CUPE Local 4580. 

The food pantry is a service provided by the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance and aims to ‘take a bite’ out of food security concerns with food aid assistance. Canned goods, breakfast items, snacks, and personal hygiene items are available to all students at the University. 

Madison West, coordinator of the food pantry, said that it “is our firm belief that no student should have to choose between textbooks, tuition, and food.” 

CUPE Local 4580 is a labour union representing graduate and teaching assistants at the University of Windsor and is comprised solely of undergraduate and graduate students.  

President of CUPE 4580, Emily Varga, said that the union has had fewer expenditures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“As a non-profit organization, we wanted to see these extra funds go to a local organization that would really benefit from a large donation, and the UWindsor campus is about as local as our membership can get,” Varga continued. “This was our chance to give back.” 

“The generous donation from CUPE 4580 will help the UWSA food pantry provide students with healthy food. The food pantry is an extremely busy service, and this donation will help ensure that UWindsor students have access to food aid,” West said. 

The food pantry is located in room 233 of the CAW Student Centre and can be accessed with a valid student ID. It is open from 11am-3pm Monday through Thursday, appointments to visit the food pantry can be made at https://uwsa.ca/services/campus-food-pantry/ 

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Sophia Plese is an undergraduate student at the University of Windsor studying political science with a minor in geography. Her interests include political management and the environment.