Nebraska joins the Big Ten for One Big Week

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A Husker student recently jotted a note of thanks for the Husker Pantry, calling it a “life saver.”

“I will always be thankful for the help I was given in my time of need,” the student went on to share. “It became difficult to support myself when I had to prioritize school. When the decision is either to pay rent or eat, food can feel like a luxury.”

This week the University of Nebraska–Lincoln joins its Big Ten institutional partners for One Big Week now through Sept. 18. The weeklong event challenges university communities to harness school pride for student support, including support for the students who depend on the services provided by the Husker Pantry.

Nebraska alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students can participate by making a gift to the Husker Pantry program that provides year-round assistance to students. Gifts may be made through Saturday, Sept. 18.

“Your support of any amount for the Husker Pantry during One Big Week is truly appreciated,” said Megan Patel, student money management and Husker Pantry program manager. “The pantry makes a difference in the lives of our students every day, so thank you for taking this opportunity to help.”

The Husker Pantry program relies on donations to keep the shelves stocked so students do not suffer from hunger. More than 30% of Husker students already have or will be facing food insecurity and hunger at some point this year.

With its locations on both City Campus and East Campus, the Husker Pantry is a one-stop campus resource to assist students with food, personal hygiene items, cleaning products and school supplies. Husker Pantry serves more than 150 students each week.

To learn more and to make a gift during One Big Week, go to fundraise.nufoundation.org/onebigweek.

“You have no idea how elated I was when I picked up food today,” wrote another student who has used the services of the Husker Pantry. “Thank you, all, for everything you do.”

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