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Just weeks after opening in Reeve Memorial Union, the new student-organized food pantry at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh had to close its doors in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

To make sure donations didn’t go to waste, an estimated 500 pounds of food and hygiene products were delivered this week to the Oshkosh Area Food Pantry.

UWO’s Cabinet, which garnered a $2,000 donation from UW System Regent Karen Walsh at a ribbon-cutting Feb. 11, was developed by the Oshkosh Student Association (OSA) in response to food insecurity issues among students on campus.

“With the Cabinet having to temporarily suspend its operation, our OSA executives, advisers and I are relieved that we were able to donate our supplies to an organization that can still put everything to good use in our community, especially during these trying times,” said Tyler Klaver, OSA office manager.

Reeve staff packed up about 15 boxes of canned chicken, tuna, vegetables and fruits; dry goods like rice and pasta as well as hygiene products like toothpaste, tooth brushes, soaps and shampoos.

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