Lock Haven University’s Haven Cupboard announced that it is staying open to serve
current LHU students in need, who remain in the area while face-to-face classes and
activities on campus have been cancelled.
“The Haven Cupboard provides food to students that struggle,” said Amy Downes, assistant director of the Center for Excellence and Inclusion. “We know that many of our students are still in the area and had jobs in the community or on campus that have been closed due to COVID-19. Making sure students have access to food is extremely important because their ability to earn money right now is significantly limited. Worrying about having enough to eat in the middle of this crisis was something that we wanted to make sure was addressed, so that students are able to focus on the adjustment to learning online and completing this semester successfully.”
The Haven Cupboard is located at the Beth Yehuda Synagogue, 320 W. Church St., across from LHU’s East Campus Science Center, and will be open from 1-5 p.m. every Wednesday for students to pick up non-perishable items. Since its opening last fall, The Haven Cupboard has served almost 250 different students.
The process for students has changed slightly. Haven Cupboard staff is now scanning ID’s and pre-bagging food items to limit the amount of contact and exposure to students and staff. If the weather is nice, food will be distributed outside. If food cannot be distributed outside, there will be a limit of no more than three students inside the cupboard at one time, to maintain recommendations for social distancing. Student workers also are required to wear gloves and staff is regularly wiping down surfaces.
Vegetarian and non-vegetarian bags are available for students. Custom bags also are available upon request for students with food allergies or other dietary needs. If students have specific needs, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to their visit, so their bags can be prepared before the students come to pick up their food.
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Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.
LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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