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Campus Food Pantry Gets Boost from Local Philanthropist

students in front of the campus food pantry

The Boise State Campus Food Pantry will better serve students facing food insecurity thanks to a generous gift of nearly $300,000 by CDI Group of Companies, led by long-time Boise State partner Fred Cornforth.  This gift provides a stable foundation for the Campus Food Pantry by increasing the amount of display and pantry space for the pantry location. In addition, the support will help provide food and hygiene products consistently available to students.

“The food pantry not only provides nutritious food and hygiene items, but it lets students know that both the campus and the local community care about their success,” said Lauren Oe, associate dean of students. “Our much-needed expansion would not be possible without this gift from CDI Group of Companies and we are inspired by Fred Cornforth’s passion for alleviating food insecurity.”

“A few years ago, student leader Syenna George made me aware of the food insecurity that many college students face,” said Cornforth. “I was struck by her passion to help fellow students. As a struggling college student, myself, I could only afford 10 to 12 meals a week. In fact, in a two-week period, I only had dried bananas to eat. So, I get what some students go through while trying to get educated to be independent. This program will help a lot of students do better, and be more ready to enter the work force where they are really needed.”

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