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CSUB Alumni Holiday Mixer to Benefit Campus Food Pantry

November 20, 2017 — The CSUB Alumni Holiday Mixer, the Alumni Association’s next signature event linking graduates to their university and its students, will celebrate the season and support the campus’ new food pantry.

The mixer will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at The Padre Hotel’s Prairie Fire Lounge. Alumni and their friends are invited.

The association is asking attendees to bring a non-perishable food item for the CSUB Food Pantry, which opened in mid-September to address food-insecurity concerns.

As of Nov. 3, nearly 600 students had used the food pantry. In the first month, 42 percent of pantry customers had been there more than once.

Students and staff may visit the pantry once a week and collect food based on a points system. The pantry operates 27 hours a week with a coordinator, two paid graduate students, and some 30 student volunteers who as of early November logged 220 hours of service.

Some of the food is donated; some of is purchased from food banks in Bakersfield and Fresno.

Pantry donations of non-food items such as microwavable bowls and cups, utensils and hygiene products are encouraged as well.

Tickets to the holiday mixer cost $20. They can be purchased HERE.


Here are the most sought-after pantry items:

Food items:

-- Complete, microwavable meals such as rice bowls

-- Peanut butter and jelly

-- Cereal

-- Bread

-- Holiday items, i.e., pumpkin pie filling and crust, cranberry sauce, instant mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing mix

Non-food items:

-- Shampoo

-- Toothbrushes and toothpaste

-- Shaving gel and razors

-- Microwavable bowls, cups

-- Utensils

About CSUB

California State University, Bakersfield is a comprehensive public university committed to offering excellent undergraduate and graduate programs that advance the intellectual and personal development of its students. An emphasis on student learning is enhanced by a commitment to scholarship, diversity, service, global awareness and life-long learning. The University collaborates with partners in the community to increase the region’s overall educational attainment, enhance its quality of life, and support its economic development. The University was founded in 1965 and opened for classes in fall, 1970. Its vision is to be the leading campus in the CSU system in terms of faculty and academic excellence and diversity, quality of the student experience and community engagement. The University’s faculty is world-class, with nearly 75% holding the highest degrees in their respective fields.

The University serves more than 10,000 students between the main campus in Bakersfield and CSUB - Antelope Valley and counts approximately 50,000 alumni from its four schools: Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering; and Social Sciences and Education. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate and credential programs, and a doctoral in Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D). CSUB's Extended University serves the community by offering additional professional development, certificate, and degree programs.

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