Lion’s Pantry, GoFundMe Offer Support To The Park At State College Fire Victims

Penn State’s on-campus food bank Lion’s Pantry is offering their support to students affected by the fire that occurred last night at The Park at State College.

Lion’s Pantry is located behind the Blue Band building and is open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays for anyone with a student ID, no questions asked. The food bank stocks canned goods, boxed foods, and toiletries. Any student in need of these items is encouraged to stop by, and to reach out to the State College Food Bank if they need assistance outside of this time frame.

A GoFundMe Page was also created to benefit victims of the fire. The description of the GoFundMe says that The Park is working with the Red Cross and will be accepting donations of food, clothing, and toiletries to replace what residents have lost in the fire. The page also indicates that money raised will be used to purchase “necessities and supplies.” Supporters have donated over $250 so far.

The three alarm fire at The Park resulted in a partial roof collapse, and officials from The Park confirmed that they would accommodate displaced residents by paying for rooms at the Sleep Inn located near the complex. Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers told StateCollege.com that the university is trying to accommodate the 48 displaced students with on-campus housing for the remainder of the semester.

Lion’s Pantry was opened in 2014 to address student hunger at University Park. According to the Lion’s Pantry website, “A clear need for a food pantry had been expressed through stories from community members, conversations among similar organizations at large universities, and nation-wide statistics that show that hunger is a growing concern for college-aged adults.”

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