Charis Wise | College Life, Volunteer

Last year, USLI held our first Pack the Pantry drive in an effort to fight food insecurity among college students. The goal was to collaborate with universities who have food pantries, and provide them with some food and hygiene items that they could distribute to their students.

The drive turned out to be a great event, and the Student Ambassadors were very excited to bring this initiative to our branch offices this year! I had the amazing opportunity to organize the Pack the Pantry drive here in our Austin, Texas office. Part of my role was to promote the drive, and it was exciting to get a bit creative with the decoration of the poster and the donation box.

In the end, we were able to collect 193 items to donate to Austin Community College! They were very excited and thankful that we were hosting a drive for their students, since 34 percent of them are food insecure. Not only is this a great cause, but also a great way to get involved and get to know some more of our community members! It was a very fun way to gather together to participate in such a terrific project.

This year Pack the Pantry collected 5,715 items across three states, which will be distributed to five different colleges and universities. Thank you for helping us pack the pantry!


  Written by: Daniela Gonzalez-Lores