Hard times call for a helping hand, which is why Western’s Newman Center opened a food pantry for students who have their student IDs on Thursdays from 3 – 5 p.m.

According to Father Jeff, the pantry has been servicing students for a month, and has already given over 75 bags. Volunteers at the Newman Club packed the bags for the first few weeks to establish a system that works. The Campus Ministries Office will extend volunteer work to the Greek Club, and other campus organizations in the near future.

Father JohnThe club offers free dinner to students every other Wednesday at 5 p.m. About 150 students show up for the homemade meals.

Michelle Hossan volunteers to cook the meals. Hossan has been working as business manager of the Newman Center for 10 years.

According to Hossan, the center is open to all students who want to hangout, watch TV or do their homework. Father Jeff is always there to talk to students when they feel overwhelmed.

“We’ve been here for a long time, and it’s not all religious. We do our religious stuff, but it’s mostly all for the students,” said Hossan.

Faith Jano is a freshman majoring in Biology, “I thought it was a really nice thing to do, all the things in the bag were the basic college necessities for the dorm,” said Jano, “I wish that they would advertise more. It seems that everyone finds out through word of mouth.”