Blazer Pantry Continues to Grow

March 6, 2011

Chris Duncan, Student Intern

Blazer Pantry Continues to Grow


VALDOSTA -- Use of Valdosta State University’s Blazer Pantry continues to increase as more students learn about its services.

Blazer Pantry Co-Coordinator Monique Byrd said that more than 60 students have used the pantry since its opening in late October 2010, with several students returning bi-weekly. The pantry provides food to VSU students who are in need of support.

Some of the students have expressed a need for can openers for the canned goods they receive from the pantry. Otherwise they are very appreciative, Byrd said.

“The goals and objectives of the pantry are to provide minimal foods for students in need and to advocate on behalf of those in need,” said Byrd. “The pantry is here to provide information for other resources that address food concerns for students in need.”

The pantry is located in the Division of Student Affairs offices on the third floor of the Student Union. Hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. The pantry is closed on all VSU calendar holidays and student breaks.

Blazer Pantry Policies & Procedures

A valid VSU student ID is required for food pick-up. Students must be enrolled full-time (undergraduate full time 12+hrs; graduate full time 9+hrs), at time of pick up. Students must not have a meal plan and may access the service a maximum of once every two weeks, unless deemed otherwise by the director of the pantry.

Students must sign in with the Division of Student Affairs to receive service. Personal information is used for organizational purposes only, therefore all information is confidential. Food pick-up is only accessible during business hours of the Division of Student Affairs Office. Policies and Procedures are subject to change by authority of the Division of Student Affairs.

For more information, contact Monique Byrd at