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Lyon College celebrates grand opening of newly expanded student food pantry


Lyon College’s Serve Our Students (SOS) Food Pantry celebrated its grand reopening Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its location in the school’s Edwards Commons.

According to Lyon College’s Colton Strader, the SOS Food Pantry, a vital resource for the campus community, recently received “generous” support from a Walmart Foundation grant. In a post on Lyon’s website, Strader wrote, “The SOS Pantry offers students and members of the College community access to canned goods, dry goods, a stocked refrigerator and freezer, basic hygiene supplies, cookbooks and budget-friendly resources for meal planning, and more.”

“Nationally, an estimated one in three college students experiences food insecurity,” said Lyon College Chaplain Maggie Alsup, who oversees the food pantry, in Strader’s post. “With the national food insecurity rate currently at 10.2 percent and Arkansas grappling with a staggering rate of 15 percent, second only to our neighbor Mississippi, the SOS Food Pantry serves as a beacon of hope for our students.”

“The SOS Food Pantry embodies our commitment to the well-being of our students. No student should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. We are here to provide support, nourishment, and a sense of community.”

Representatives from Batesville’s Walmart Supercenter were on hand for the ceremony, which was held in conjunction with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

To read the full post from Lyon College, click here.

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