Kishwaukee College students in need of a holiday meal received support this week from
Kody’s Cupboard Food Pantry.
With Thanksgiving days away, the College’s food pantry, along with assistance from
Kishwaukee College Phi Theta Kappa members, organized and distributed Thanksgiving
meal starter kits to approximately 40 Kish students on Tuesday. This was the first
year the pantry had organized the event.
“Knowing that many students had lost their jobs and are balancing school and home
life, we wanted to give them something to look forward to with Thanksgiving coming
up,” said Krystal Gundy, Kishwaukee College Coordinator Student Activities. “It was
great to hear feedback from students as some of them weren’t sure how they were going
to swing Thanksgiving dinner with their immediate families.”
The kits from Kody’s Cupboard will give students a good start. Traditional Thanksgiving
nonperishables such as boxed stuffing and potatoes were packed up along with canned
vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce. Also included was a $25 Aldi gift card to help
cover any other food needs.
Kits were available to any Kish student, including GED and ESL students. To limit
interaction during pickup, students were asked to open a trunk or car door to avoid
any contact. For students unable to drive to campus, the College did arrange a few
“Food insecurities are real and even more prevalent during these days of COVID. When
Krystal brought this suggestion to me, I said, ‘Absolutely, what a great idea,’” said
Kishwaukee College Vice President of Student Services Michelle Rothmeyer. “We are
fortunate to address our students’ needs by offering the opportunity to obtain the
Thanksgiving dinner kit from Kody’s Cupboard this year.”
Kody's Cupboard was started in 2019 by the College staff and Board of Trustees to
help alleviate hunger and meet basic needs for the Kishwaukee College campus community.
This year’s drive was supported with Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)
money, which is intended to help overcome barriers created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help assist Kishwaukee College students or to learn more about Kody’s Cupboard
and Kish’s food benefits, contact 815-825-9527 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Kody’s Cupboard is a year-round effort for students at the College. Donations of
nonperishable items can be made to the food pantry and cash donations can be made
through the Kishwaukee College Foundation.