Virginia Commonwealth University RamPantry Founder Terrence Walker has been honored with Gov. McAuliffe’s Public Service Award for his work in creating the pantry. Walker helped develop a practical solution to support the needs of a segment of VCU’s student population. After conducting a survey that revealed 57 percent of respondents were not sure each day where they would get their next meal, a statistic comparable to that for other U.S. colleges and universities, Mr. Walker started the “Ram Pantry.” Mr. Walker, an administrative assistant for University Counseling Services, worked with others to secure space, tools and equipment with little to no money for start-up costs. By January 2014, the pantry was staffed and running as a student organization, with Mr. Walker serving as the staff liaison. In a year’s time, the Ram Pantry served more than 1,800 students, faculty and staff. The students running the Ram Pantry have now partnered with Food Lion grocery stores and other vendors to keep pantry shelves stocked. Senior executives from Food Lion have been so impressed that they have asked VCU to serve as a model for universities near the company’s North Carolina headquarters.
We are so proud of you and your work Terrence!