Wins for Kansas: Shocker Support Locker
(KAKE) - The Shocker Support Locker on the Wichita State University campus was created by the Student Government Association to help fight food insecurity in their students, faculty, and staff.
“The program itself has evolved exponentially over the past four years. It went from a food pantry all the way to the program we have today,” said Gabriel Fonseca, Assistant Director of Student Involvement.
Now the Support Locker has five pillars of assistance: the food pantry, baby supplies, a clothing closet, hygiene products, and the newest addition of a hardship fund to help students who are dealing with unexpected circumstances.
They’re even providing virtual help for students who had to leave campus during the pandemic as well as curbside service to Shockers still in the area.
“The program itself is designed to truly provide the tools and resources to students so that they can continue to focus on school and continue to focus on academics and be successful without having to worry the next time they’re going to eat or the next time they’re going to be able to put diapers on their children or the next time they’re going to be able to feed their family,” said Fonseca.
To help with their mission, KAKE TV and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers are honored to have them as this week’s, “Wins for Kansas” and to provide them with a $500 check.
“On behalf of DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers, we’re honored to recognize the Shocker Food Pantry run by the Student Government Association. Thank you for everything you’re doing to lend assistance to those in need. And for that, we’re excited to present you with a gift for $500. Thank you for your work and go shocks!” said Richard James of DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers.
“Thank you KAKE News and DeVaughn James for this amazing grant. We are so incredibly grateful. We plan on utilizing these dollars to support our students that are back at home and create some virtual opportunities for them still with our program,” said Fonseca.