Pioneer Provisions

Pioneer Provisions

What: A free pantry/grocery service for students experiencing food insecurity

Who: All currently enrolled UW-Plateville students are eligible to utilize this service

When: Tuesdays from 3-7 pm

Where: Glenview Commons, West Entrance

How: Students wishing to use the service should come during the scheduled open hours and bring their student ID. Pioneer Provisions is set up in a shopping-style format, so students can grab a shopping bag and take what they need. Volunteer staff will be present during open hours to assist with questions or special requests.

Hunger and food insecurity are a growing problem on college campuses. A December 2016 report indicates that 22% of college students surveyed have the highest levels of food insecurity and 48% of college students experienced food insecurity at least once in a 30-day period.* Even students on our campus struggle with not having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of nutritious food. A spring 2017 campus survey indicated that 44.6% of students on campus had experienced food insecurity at least once per semester.

Pioneer Provisions, a pantry service, is now available to assist students who may be experiencing food insecurity. Located inside the west entrance of Glenview Commons and staffed by student volunteers, Pioneer Provisions distributes donated food items free to students in a shopping-style format on Tuesdays from 3-7 pm.

*Sources:
Dubick, J, Brandon, M., Clare, C (2016, Oct). Hunger on campus. Students Against Hunger.
Lobosco, K. (2016, Dec.). There’s a hunger problem on America’s college campuses. CNN online.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of things can I get from Pioneer Provisions?

Pioneer Provisions stocks non-perishable food items and hygiene items in several categories, including:
-Proteins (beans, tuna, peanut butter, etc.)
-Grains (pasta, rice, cereal, etc.)
-Canned and Dried Vegetables (peas, corn, carrots, etc.)
-Canned and Dried Fruits (peaches, pears, pineapple, etc.)
-Convenience Meals (soup, ravioli, etc.)
-Special Dietary Needs (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.)
-Hygiene Items (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, feminine sanitary pads, etc.)

Beginning on October 3, 2017, limited fresh produce, fresh meat, and fresh bakery items will also be available.

Will I be asked to report my income or fill out paperwork to use Pioneer Provisions?

No. Pioneer Provisions will not require you to report income or complete any eligibility paperwork to receive food. We do request that students swipe their Pioneer Passport ID card when visiting. When you swipe, we store a 16-digit number to help us record the date and time of the visit. We use this information to keep track of the number of visits we have and the peak usage times. Your personal information is protected; all data is reported in aggregate with no unique identifying information attached.

What if I need food, but I'm not available during the scheduled open hours?

If you are in need of groceries, but can't make it to Pioneer Provisions during the scheduled open hours on Tuesdays from 3-7pm, contact Mike Ernst, Director of Auxiliary and Dining Services, to schedule an alternate pick-up time. He can be reached at ernstm@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.6033.

How can I make a donation to Pioneer Provisions?

Pioneer Provisions is happy to accept donations of in-date, unopened, non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items. Donations may be dropped off during scheduled open hours on Tuesdays from 3-7 pm. If you have a large delivery of donations, you may contact Mike Ernst, Director of Auxiliary and Dining Services, to schedule a drop-off. He can be reached at ernstm@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.6033. If you are interested in coordinating a donation drive event and would like to give your collected items to Pioneer Provisions, please contact Mike.

Through our collaborative partnership with the Southwest Wisconsin Community Action Program (SWCAP), Pioneer Provisions is also able to accept monetary donations. More information about this option will be available soon.

What types of items can I donate?

Pioneer Provisions is happy to accept donations of in-date, unopened, non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items. At this time, our most needed items are:
-Canned or dried fruit
-Pasta, especially whole wheat
-Cereal, especially whole grain
-Peanut butter
-Hygiene items, especially shampoo, soap/body wash, toothpaste

Unfortunately, Pioneer Provisions is not able to accept the following items:
-Homemade or home-canned items
-Open packages
-Medications/vitamins

How can I get involved?

Awareness and donation events and volunteer staffing are coordinated by the Pioneer Pantry student organization. To learn more about the organization, including their meeting times and locations, check out PioneerLink or Facebook.

 

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Location & Hours

Pioneer Provisions is located in Glenview Commons. It can be accessed using the west entrance.

Open Hours: Tuesdays 3-7 pm

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Collaborating Partners

Pioneer Provisions would like to thank our collaborating partners:

Southwest Wisconsin Community Action Program (SWCAP)
Pioneer Pantry at UW-Platteville Student Organization

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