Husky Food Access Network

About HuskyFAN

The Food Insecurities Committee formed in Fall 2014 to determine the extent of hunger issues on Michigan Tech’s campus. In January 2015, the student body was surveyed and the results were staggering. Of the slightly more than 1,000 students who responded, roughly 25 percent reported experiencing hunger in the previous 30 days because they couldn’t afford to buy food. It became clear that support was needed. The committee began developing what is now known as the Husky Food Access Network (commonly referred to as HuskyFAN). We provide multiple resources for our campus community, including: a campus food pantry, meal swipes, emergency food packets and educational programs.

See the results of our spring 2018 campus survey.

Pantry Eligibility

The pantry is available to anyone struggling to afford meals. You don’t need to go hungry.  Anyone who is experiencing food insecurity is welcome to use the pantry.

Location

The pantry is located on the ground level of the Hamar House Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Hours

The hours for spring 2019 are Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  If you cannot make it during this time, email huskyfan@mtu.edu and we can set up an alternative time for you to visit.

What is available at the pantry

The pantry carries a variety of non-perishable items. This includes: canned fruit, canned vegetables, a variety of pasta, grains and starches, chips and crackers, peanut butter and some canned protein. The pantry also carries some easy to make, one dish meals such as hamburger helper and mac and cheese. The pantry also stocks a variety of soups and cereals. Patrons can also pick up personal care items. 

What you can expect

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 swipe your Michigan Tech ID. We won’t collect any data that ties your name or M number to your visit. We are collecting demographic information (age/sex/class) and time of use which we use to help us better serve the community. You can then select food and supplies to take home. We have bags available if needed. The food you take is weighed before you leave (again, we do this for the purpose of just collecting data). If you have questions about the process, please email us at huskyfan@mtu.edu.