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University of Lynchburg food pantry receives $4,000 donation from Kroger

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Annette Stadtherr in Drysdale’s pantry with some of Kroger’s gift cards (Courtesy: University of Lynchburg)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The University of Lynchburg Food Pantry recently received $4,000 in Kroger gift cards from the national grocery chain.

The campus has three pantries, including the main pantry located in Drysdale Student Center and some smaller pantries located on College Street and in an old converted telephone booth in the foyer of Hundley Hall.

“We are sincerely thankful for Kroger’s generous donation,” said Annette Stadtherr, director of multicultural services at the University. “Due to COVID-19, we are at a standstill and our students, undergraduate, and graduate assistants as well, can no longer work.” She continues, “Our world is upside down, and our food pantry is a resource to members of our University community now more than ever.”

“Kroger is honored to support University of Lynchburg and the work they are doing to alleviate hunger through campus food pantries with this gift,” said Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager for Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “We’re glad to do our part to reach students in need through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative.”

In 2019, Kroger Mid-Atlantic partnered with Virginia Western Community College to set up a food bank for its students. Following the success of the program at VWCC, Kroger began looking for more college food pantries to support.

Lynchburg’s main food pantry in Drysdale — which provides microwavable items, canned vegetables, as well as soups, pasta, rice, and cereal — is currently closed. However, the University’s smaller pantry along College Street, located on the sidewalk beside the Spiritual Life Center, remains open to everyone.

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