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K-State Animal Sciences Receives "Friends of Cats' Cupboard" Award

ASI Department partners with on-campus food pantry, Cats' Cupboard, to promote animal protein and support students in need.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State University (K-State) Animal Sciences and Industry (ASI) department began a partnership with Cats' Cupboard in September 2018 providing protein options for students in need.

Many students who utilize Cats' Cupboard lack the resources to purchase and prepare complete meals. The ASI department provides $20 vouchers to 80 students per month during the regular semester. Students may use the voucher to purchase ground beef, milk, eggs and hard cheeses at Call Hall Dairy Bar.

"We view this as an opportunity to endorse animal proteins as an important part of a healthy diet and to promote these animal proteins as a highly desirable dietary component for students," explains Dr. Evan Titgemeyer, interim department head.

Cats' Cupboard staff and volunteers selected the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry for the organizational "Friends of Cats' Cupboard" award for 2019. This award was created to recognize outstanding support and service in addressing food insecurity on K-State's campus and will be presented at the annual Student Life Awards on April 11 at 3 p.m. at the K-State Student Union Bluemont Room.

"This partnership supports the total well-being of K-State students and helps move the needle on student success and retention," explains Erin Bishop, Cats' Cupboard food coordinator. "Through this partnership we have witnessed a difference in the items leaving our shelves, as students have access to meat, cheese, eggs, and milk produced on our very own campus. We are so grateful for the support Animal Sciences and Industry Department has given to Cats' Cupboard."

K-State's inaugural giving day, All In for K-State, will be March 27. Cats' Cupboard has been selected as this year's cause and donations will benefit the food pantry. Visit allin.ksufoundation.org on March 27 to make a gift and challenge others to do the same. For more information about All In for K-State, visit www.ksufoundation.org/AllInforKState.

The mission of Cats' Cupboard is to provide access to nutritious food and support through initiatives that promote health, success and well-being. Its vision is to prevent food insecurity from being a barrier to student success. Cats' Cupboard is located in 009 Fairchild Hall and is open six days a week: 5-7 p.m. Sundays; noon to 7 p.m. Mondays; 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays; 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays.

For more information about Cats' Cupboard, visit https://www.k-state.edu/cats-cupboard/ or follow them on Facebook at @catscupboardksu.

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The Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry department serves students, livestock producers and the animal and food industries through teaching, research and education. The K-State ASI department prepares students for careers in the animal and food industries. The curriculum includes the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, meat science, food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills. For more about the K-State's ASI department visit asi.ksu.edu.