The best and most nutritious food is often the freshest food. Yet, when it comes to food pantries, including the campus pantry that provides free food to WSU and EWU students in need of a nutritious meal, the options are typically canned and packaged goods.

WSU NEP students working in a garden

With a focus on supplying fresh, organically-grown food, students from the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science (NEP) developed a fresh food garden to supply the campus pantry.

Launched in summer 2017 in the Pumpkin Patch Community Garden on Argonne Road in Spokane Valley, the garden supplies a range of fresh produce including greens, lettuces, grape tomatoes, green beans and peppers, among others. Student leaders from the campus pantry, along with NEP student volunteers, tend the garden in between busy class schedules and on weekends to maintain a steady stream of produce.

Though the garden plots are generously donated by the Community Garden, which typically charges a fee for use, students hope to secure funding to build a greenhouse to relocate the garden to the WSU Spokane campus. The on-campus location will enable interested students to more easily volunteer time to plant, tend and harvest the food throughout the week and ensure a larger and more consistent supply of fresh, nutritious food for the campus pantry.

For more information, visit the WSU Campus Pantry website at https://spokane.wsu.edu/campuspantry/.