CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- SIU's Saluki Food Pantry has been gathering food to fill emergency bags for students who find themselves in need during COVID-19.
Staff say they completely cleared the shelves of the pantry earlier this week.
In the past weeks, the pantry has given nearly 325 bags of food to students.
Thanks to monetary and food donations, the pantry is back to filling bags to deliver to students.
Staff say cash donations allow them to purchase exactly what they know they need.
"We've had over seven thousand dollars raised. Some of that's come from other student organizations who know they're not going to use their funds, that they had set aside for the rest of the school year, to just community members at large, so it's been a great opportunity, and we're very blessed to see the support of our community," says Student Center Director, Tena Bennett.
Students in need will have another opportunity to pick up an emergency bag of food on April 2nd, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Staff are still in discussion on when they will hold their next drive, where the community can drop off food.