Each year many new and returning Spartans are coming from families who are experiencing challenging economic times. This is presenting unique challenges for many of our Spartans that are trying to do well in school, “fit in,” and figure out what their future will look like.
While no one knows the exact number of homeless or hungry students on campus, the Dean of Students Office has provided assistance to many Spartans who are cash-strapped and or homeless. In some cases, these students were spending nights in places that are open around the clock, showering in gyms, sleeping in cars, or “couch surfing” with a succession of friends. Without support systems in place these students, many of whom prefer to remain hidden during hard times, are facing these challenges alone while struggling to provide for their own livelihood.
At UNCG, we want to do our part to support our homeless & hungry Spartans. Partners Assisting the Homeless & Hungry Spartan (PATHS) is one of several UNCG Cares initiatives whereby the Dean of Students Office has partnered with campus units and community agencies to connect homeless Spartans to much needed support and resources.
For more information, please contact:
Jewish Family Services Food Pantry
The food pantry is open to everyone in Greensboro and begins with a call to Beth Childs at 852-4829,ext. 226. Appointments for the pantry are then scheduled with Marcia Hermelin at 852-4829, ext. 222. The pantry is open by appointment Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering with the pantry, please call David Frazier at 852-4829, ext. 227. Donations of food items, food gift cards, and monetary donations are most welcome.