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Food drive to provide fruit for UWSP students


Some shelves look a little bare at The Cupboard, a food pantry for UW-Stevens Point students.

"It's becoming very busy. Every semester we have more and more clients as people kind of find out about The Cupboard, hear about what we can do for them and as awareness has spread," said Liz Wescott, student manager of The Cupboard.

The Cupboard is for students who don't have enough money for food. Organizers said they helped 147 students last semester, and students can use the pantry as needed.

"The Cupboard is here to help students who maybe just have a one time, super bad, like, medical bill problem, or you know, their car breaks down, and boom, there goes their grocery money," said Wescott.

The Cupboard has teamed up with Noodles and Company in Stevens Point for a fundraiser. It's called Fruits of Love. People who bring three canned fruit items through Valentine's Day get a coupon for a free meal at the restaurant.

Noodles and Company manager Jaclyn Zynda said it feels good to give back.

"Helping and inspiring and nourishing our community not just by the food we serve, more by being involved," said Zynda.

Organizers for The Cupboard said fruit is one of the hardest things to keep on the shelves, and they hope this food drive will help.

"The fruit and veggies and trying to maintain a more balanced diet, even with the non-perishables can be difficult. So, it's something that we try to focus on.

The Cupboard leaders hope the Fruits of Love Food Drive will help them accomplish that.

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