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UA food pantry to help students, staff supplement groceries

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Happening today, the University of Arizona is kicking off a way for students to help students.

A campus food pantry for struggling students is opening this afternoon.  It has been a year in the making and later today is when it becomes a reality.  A safe place for students to help make ends meet. 

What sparked it is hearing secondhand stories, in some cases students having to choose between rent and food, so students started collecting donations from groups on campus. 

How it works is students or staff walk up and flash their cash car, it's completely anonymous.  When students or staff walk in they are given nine points to shop with; each food item is assigned one, two or three points based on nutrition.  Everything is non-perishable, canned food, pasta, soups, beans.  Right now they have enough food for 70 students. 

When asked how many they expect today, those who are running the pantry say ‘your guess is as good as mine.' 

The hope is today's kickoff starts spreading the word and more folks come when the campus pantry opens up again in March and April. 

Today's pantry is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the El Portal building at Sixth Street and Highland. 

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