The Arka Tech

Green & Gold Cupboard gives back to students in need

The Green and Gold Cupboard will celebrate its grand opening on Friday. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the Green and Gold Cupboard, which is located at 1019 N. Arkansas Ave. in Russellville. Refreshments will be available, but parking will be limited.

Tyson Foods’ grant has allowed Tech’s Green and Gold Cupboard (GGC) to open this fall. Tech Green and Gold Cupboard’s main goal is to help out students, faculty and staff within the Tech community. GGC helps fight hunger by providing healthy, nutritious food to all members of Tech’s community. Anyone with a Tech ID can come by the pantry when it opens on October 2. Hours will run from 3:00-6:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays. A first-time application form is required as well as a request form. This will be used to create a 3-day supply of well-balanced meals and/or hygiene items according to the need of the member. Requests for food can be made up to twice a week.

Tech’s Green and Gold Cupboard began as a student-led effort from the registered student organization, Because We Can, who wanted to help eliminate hunger at Arkansas Tech. In 2016, Tyson Foods awarded the campus with a grant for $67,760.46 to begin working on the GGC. Many student groups, faculty and staff members have worked hard all summer to get the GGC started.

The Because We Can organization started in 2014 to raise awareness about social issues and show people that we can make a difference in society through community service. Because We Can also organizes the Campus Kitchens Project the annual hygiene drive, and many more service programs throughout the year.

“Because We Can has taught me the importance and the impact of giving back to the community,” says Lantwan Traylor, senior psychology and sociology major, from Pleasant, Texas.

The Green and Gold Cupboard accepts food and hygiene donations throughout the year. Cash donations can also be made online through the organization’s website, www.atu.edu/foodpantry.