What is Husky FAN?
In fall 2014 the Food Insecurities Committee formed to help to combat hunger issues on Michigan Tech’s campus. The committee developed what is now known as the Husky Food Access Network (commonly referred to as Husky FAN). We provide multiple resources for our campus community.
Who can use the food pantry?
While the pantry is located on campus, it is available to anyone. No paperwork or approval is required.
Where is the food pantry located?
The pantry is located in the lower level of the Hamar House, Center for Diversity and Inclusion. (Downstairs and it's the door to the left.)
When is the pantry open?
The pantry is open on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The pantry will be open this summer on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you cannot make it during those times or have an accessibility concern, please email us at email@example.com so we can help!
What types of food are available in the pantry?
The pantry carries a variety of non-perishable items. This could include: canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta, grains and starches, cereal, peanut butter and some canned protein (such as tuna or chicken). The pantry also carries some easy to make, one dish meals such as soup and mac and cheese as well as snack foods to grab and go. You can also pick up cleaning supplies or personal care items in the pantry.
What if I can’t make when the pantry is open?
What can I expect when I come to the food pantry?
We do our best to make your visit confidential. When you arrive at the pantry, you will be greeted by a volunteer. They will ask you to tap your Michigan Tech ID if you have one. We have bags available and you can select any food and supplies to take home. Once you are done making your selections, the volunteer will quickly weigh the food on a scale. Once this is complete, you can take your food selections and go.
Why do I need to tap my Michigan Tech ID?
We are collecting demographic information (age/gender/class standing) and time of use which we use to help us better serve the community. We won’t collect any data that ties your name or M number to your visit and our volunteer is unable to see any data.
What is the difference between a food bank and a food pantry?
A Food Bank is an organization that collects product from the food industry and food drives, inventories and stores it, and distributes it to agencies – such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters – that provide food directly to individuals in need. A food bank has the capacity to distribute millions of pounds of grocery product every year. Food banks make it easy for agencies to obtain nutritious food at low cost in the quantities they need for their clients.
A Food Pantry is an individual site that distributes bags or boxes of food directly to those in need who reside in a specified area. A food pantry is a member agency of, and obtains food from, a food bank. Both food pantries and food banks share the same commitment: to provide food to those in need.
What if I have a financial emergency?
Michigan Tech and its Alumni are committed to providing support to students who are experiencing a financial emergency due to unforeseen circumstances; these funds are not intended to meet an unmet Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or to pay for school supplies. Three funds are available depending on student type:
Betty Chavis Emergency Fund: Available to domestic undergraduate and master's students.
International Student Emergency Fund: Available to international undergraduate and graduate students.
Graduate School Emergency Fund (Loan Program): Available to domestic or international graduate students.
How can I get involved?
There are many different ways to help Husky FAN! You can host a drive, volunteer in the pantry, or help work events! If you are interested in any of those options, or have your own ideas to share, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I host a food drive?
Yes! We do ask that you contact Husky FAN first to coordinate a time to host your food drive so we don’t have multiple going on at one time (our storage space is limited!) We are happy to find a time to make it happen!
How do meal swipes work?
Meal swipes are prepaid meal passes to the dining halls. A set number are released every week and it functions on a first come, first served basis. Once they are gone for that week they are gone, and we cannot guarantee that anyone will receive meal swipes. Please see our Meal Swipe page for more information on how to register for them.
NOTE: Starting in spring 2019, in order to serve as many students as possible, 5 meal swipes/week with a 15/semester maximum may be requested per student.
How do I contact Husky FAN?
Please contact us by email at email@example.com