Food pantry to address student homelessness

A storage closet in Sub I was converted into a Pop Up Pantry to help homeless and financially unstable students.  The closet houses supplies such as non-perishable food, hygiene items, coats and blankets.

The Pop Up Pantry was started by graduate student Yara Mowafy, who has been advocating for the homeless and financially insecure by addressing several different needs.

“As November 2013, we had the Student Meal Assistance Fund.  So that provides meal vouchers to students who seek them from the Office of Student Support.  After that, I began doing research; it is Institutional Review Board approved research.  So I’m looking to identify the prevalence and nature of homelessness and hunger at George Mason University,” Mowafy said.

Though the research is still ongoing, Mowafy said results should be released by the end of this semester.