Jack’s Cupboard Offers Food For Students At SDSU


South Dakota State University has a new option for students who may struggle to buy food. 

If you head over to Ben Reifel hall, you’ll find Jack’s Cupboard. Inside shelves are filled with plenty of nonperishable food for students in need. 

Chris Kaberline is the associate director of housing and residential life. She is one of the people who helped get this project going.

“Kas Williams and I are friends and we have periodic coffee meetings together and it was in July, we were having our coffee and we started talking about what we could be doing for campus and some things that we saw some things that were changing.  And so both of us were like, ‘Let’s do it,’ and that’s how it started,” associate director of housing and residential life Chris Kaberline said.

The pantry opened in mid-November. Since then, it has helped more than 90 students.

“We’re excited to be here for them and help make their education here on campus more comfortable and easier for them so they don’t have to worry about food,” campus sustainability specialist Jennifer McLaughlin said.

Amanda Husted is a sophomore on campus. She’s involved with The Food Recovery Network, which also helps students get food. She thought helping out with Jack’s Cupboard would be a good fit.

“I sat in on a lot of the first logistics meetings where we decided what we wanted the food pantry to look like and hours and how we were going to get food and advertise to students, and then I also volunteer in the pantry about twice a week,” Husted said.

Giving students some extra help to succeed.

“We’re here to help students get a higher education and to learn.  They can’t do that if they can’t feed themselves; if they’re struggling to eat.  This is takes away that one worry for them,” McLaughlin said.

Students can also donate part of their block meals to the pantry. Jack’s Cupboard is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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