CAB, Student Senate work to “Replenish” food pantry


Courtesy / GVSU

Katherine Arnold, Staff Reporter

As students move through the first month of the new decade, Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Grand Valley State University’s Student Senate have worked together to bring a new series of events to campus. These five events feature a variety of activities while still maintaining a theme of donation by giving to the food pantry on campus, Replenish.

Replenish has existed in correlation to the Center for Women and Gender Equity since 2009, and runs out of the Kirkhof Center room 0074. It was designed to offer aid to students with financial troubles, giving them a stress-free and reliable source of food so they can focus on academic performance.

CAB President Jessica Fillmore described “Replenish Week” as a great showcase of cooperation between different organizations on campus.

“Our partnership with Student Senate works well as each organization can bring different strengths and resources to these events,” Fillmore said. “We chose Replenish in order to recognize our common goal of bettering our GVSU community. This seemed like an awesome opportunity for GVSU students to know that their donations are helping out their fellow students.”

From January 17-23, four activities, each with its own inclusion of donation and charity, will occur throughout the week. On Friday, Jan. 17, Pie a Pal will run in the Kirkhof Lobby where students can enjoy pieing a friend after supplying a food donation for Replenish.

The following week, Game Night and Trivia Night will be held on Jan. 20 and 22 respectively, with a similar donation requirement for participation. A donation will act as entry for Game Night, and extra points for Trivia Night.

On Jan. 21 and 23, a Hot Chocolate Swap will provide students with a hot and toasty mug of hot cocoa after donation. For those interested in participating in any of the Replenish Week events, a suggested donation list will be circulated the week prior.

“One of our goals for Replenish Week is to call attention to this resource for students, and spread the word about all the great things Replenish does for our GVSU community,” Fillmore said. “Our hope is that students will learn about how the on-campus food pantry works, and take the opportunity to continue donating or utilize Replenish if needed.”