Washington State University Tri-Cities is accepting food donations until Dec. 19 for a food bank for students.
The Richland Rotary Club also is helping with Cougar Cupboard, a release said. Collection boxes are placed around the university’s north Richland campus but donations also can be taken to Room 128 in the West Building. Boxed milk, canned goods, healthy cereals, peanut butter and other dry and shelf-stable foods are needed.
Some students struggle to pay tuition and fees while also covering their living expenses, organizers said. The pantry will be a year-round resource but current donations are needed to help get students through the coming holiday break. Students in need of food should fill out an online request form at tricities.wsu.edu/finaid/foodbank.
Student leaders at Columbia Basin College in Pasco also started their own food bank for students recently.