Jamarco Clark ’18 MSL stands in front of MMU's student food pantry

on the Hill

New Campus Food Pantry

By Amanda Mayotte ’15


n estimated half of all undergraduate students struggle with food insecurity, according to a nationwide study published in December 2017.

Often, students are faced with the decision to buy food or pay for tuition/books.

To address the need on the Hill, Mount Mercy celebrated the opening of Mustang Market, a campus food pantry, on April 5.

Jamarco Clark ’18 MSL, director of volunteerism and service learning, says giving campus an alternative, free option is vital in preventing hunger.

“Food insecurity has long been a problem on college campuses, so to take a step in addressing it on our campus only made sense.”

To donate food items or volunteer to staff the pantry, visit mtmercy.edu/mustang-market. ■

by the Numbers

(In the first four weeks of being open.)

Students Served: 69
Full-time Student: 100%
1st Generation Student: 61%
Female: 57%
Male: 43%
International: 22%
Graduate: 1%
Senior: 11%
Junior: 38%
Sophomore: 19%
Freshman: 31%