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Food Pantries Provide Assistance To Students In Need Before Thanksgiving

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The University of Michigan’s Maize and Blue Cupboard has seen an increase in food assistance demand before the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Keith Suster is a spokesperson for the Maize and Blue Cupboard and says the need for food assistance increased from 116 students last week, to about 400 this week.  Suster says about 70% of the people who are currently using their service are international students.

Keith Suster: COVID and all of the warnings around traveling have really kept some students here in the Ann Arbor area.

Meanwhile, the Swoop’s Food Pantry at the Eastern Michigan University provided food assistance to 115 students during the last week.  That’s a decrease from 204 from the previous week.  They attribute the change to a decrease in the number of students currently living on campus.  Both the U of M and Eastern pantries are closed for the rest of the week.  Click here for more information about the Maize and Blue Cupboard and here for the Swoop's Food Pantry.  For a list of other food pantries in Washtenaw County, click here.Non-commercial, fact based reporting is made possible by your financial support.  Make your donation to WEMU today to keep your community NPR station thriving.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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