Service-Learning & Volunteering

Husky Hunger Initiative


Husky Hunger Initiative LogoThe Husky Hunger Initiative is a student group dedicated to fighting hunger and food insecurity within the USM Community, as well as to decreasing stigma around food-pantry use. Our primary project is the On-Campus Food Pantry located on a shelf in The Well inside Woodbury Campus Center. This pantry is open to all community members. We stock foods that are easy to eat in between classes as well as items that can be prepared at home. We also hold a weekly free breakfast in Woodbury Campus Center Tuesdays 9:00 - 11:00. 

We are looking for members to participate in the activities of our student group. We meet every other Tuesday 11:15 am to 12:00 pm in the Well, but students can also join the Facebook group. We will be setting up meetings at other times within the coming weeks to discuss plans for the group over the summer and next semester. 

We are looking for volunteers for a number of activities, ranging from taking inventory, staffing events, picking up donated items, fundraising and publicity, and to provide their own ideas and insights into the problems of hunger on campus. 

Check out what President Glenn Cummings recently said about the Husky Hunger Initiative in his Monday Missive: "My appreciation and admiration to the students involved in the Husky Hunger Initiative, a group dedicated to fighting hunger and food insecurity within the USM Community, as well as to decreasing the stigma around food-pantry use. The On-Campus Food Pantry, which they established in The Well inside Woodbury Campus Center, is open to all community members. The group also hosts weekly Wellness Breakfasts every Wednesday morning from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM in front of the Portland campus bookstore. In the last two weeks, they have happily served over 70 students, staff, and other community members. Items currently provided are baked goods donated from Standard Baking Company, bagels and spreads, juice, fresh fruits, etc. Contact kaitlyn.novak@maine.edu for more information."  

  Contact Katheryn MacDonald (kathryn.macdonald@maine.edu), or Sarah Holmes (sarah.e.holmes1@maine.edu) for more information.