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Helping Hands

WSSU Rams Helping Hands Food Pantry exists to combat food insecurity and ensure the human dignity of all and well-being on campus by providing in-need WSSU students with healthy, culturally appropriate emergency foods. Food insecurity, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is having “limited or uncertain access to nutritious, safe foods necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle." Based on a poll that was conducted under the Office of Dean of Students in September 2015, 57% of WSSU students, who were polled, claimed to have gone without food because of a lack of funds.

WSSU Rams Helping Hands Food Pantry desires to do its part in assuring that no students in the WSSU campus community goes hungry and that every student has access to nutritious food. In addition, the Rams Helping Hands Food Pantry will promote community engagement and education about food insecurity, community health and foster university-community partnership,

WSSU Rams Helping Hands Food Pantry is staffed exclusively by student volunteers and leaders who are trained to provide excellent customer service, to be respectful and kind to all, and to keep food pantry users' information confidential. The program is a collaboration between students, departments under the Office of the Dean of Students, and regional/national corporate sponsors. 100% of the original products gifted to the WSSU Rams Helping Hands Food Pantry were donated by Food Lion, Incorporated. Other resources to ensure sustainability of the WSSU Rams Helping Hands Food Pantry are the WSSU Simon G. Atkins Community Garden, the Winston-Salem Food Bank, and other corporate entities.

**No student fee money is used to support WSSU Rams Helping Hands Food Pantry.**