UA’s Full Circle Food Pantry up for national award

Courtesy image

Out of 1,400 entries from colleges around the country, a project by the University of Arkansas is among 15 finalists for a prestigious national award.

The University of Arkansas Full Circle Campus Food Pantry is a finalist for the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge, a program initiated by the president, and intended to inspire young folks to get involved in their communities.

The top five winners will be invited to the White House to meet President Barack Obama.

“All Across America, college and university students are helping our country out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world,” Obama said. “I hope this challenge shines a light on their efforts, and inspires Americans of all ages to get involved in their communities.”

Winners will also be featured on mtvU and MTV Act and be given the opportunity to host an episode of mtvU’s signature program, “The Dean’s List.”

The Full Circle Campus Food Pantry is a student-run program that was established by the Volunteer Action Center as an emergency assistance program that distributes food and toiletries to any member of the University of Arkansas community. The Full Circle Campus Food Pantry will strive to nourish bodies, empower minds and build a community of compassion

Since the campus food pantry was established in December of 2010, it has served more than 2,200 students in need.

The pantry is located in Bud Walton Hall on Stadium Drive, directly across from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. It is open two days each week, on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. First-time applicants apply online or in person. Dependents and spouses of students and staff also benefit from the pantry.

To vote for the University of Arkansas, visit the Campus Champions of Change Challenge website.