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UCM Campus Cupboard Receives Harvesters Circle of Hope Partnership Award

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 12, 2016) – The University of Central Missouri’s Campus Cupboard recently was recognized by Harvesters-The Community Food Network of Kansas City with the 2016 Circle of Hope Network Partnership-Missouri Pantry Award. Beth Rutt, UCM director of student activities, and Trish Smith, UCM graduate assistant and Campus Cupboard coordinator, accepted the award at the Sept. 22 awards luncheon in Kansas City.

Harvesters Circle of Hope
Valerie Nicholson-Watson, left, president of the board of directors of Harvesters-the Community Food Network, presented Beth Rutt, center, UCM director of student activities, and Trish Smith, right, graduate assistant and Campus Cupboard food pantry coordinator, with the 2016 Circle of Hope Network Partnership-Missouri Pantry Award at the recent awards luncheon in Kansas City.

Opened in fall 2013 to serve a need among faculty, staff and students on the UCM campus, the Campus Cupboard is a food pantry initially developed as a collaborative effort of the Office of Student Activities, the Department of Communication Disorders and Social Work and the Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology. A UCM Alumni Foundation Opportunity Grant providing initial funding for equipment, supplies and food, along with a continued per semester allocation from the UCM Student Government Association.

With assistance from the UCM Alumni Foundation, the Campus Cupboard obtained 501(c)3 non-profit status and partnered with Harvesters-The Community Food Network in Kansas City  as a source for food. Contributions of cash and food items also are accepted, and a list of needed items is maintained on site.

Located in the lower level of the UCM Student Recreation and Wellness Center, the pantry cared for 257 individuals in 168 visits during the first three months of operation. During the second full year of operation, more than 1,000 individuals were served.. In 2015, that number grew to more than 2,600 individuals, with more than 2,000 served during the first six months of 2016.

Rutt noted that the response of the UCM campus and has been a key factor in the success of the Campus Cupboard.

“We knew there was a need on our campus for this type of assistance, and through the philanthropy and volunteerism provided by the campus community, we have grown to serve that need with the enormous benefit of our partnership with Harvesters,” Rutt said. “As our demand continues to increase, we are confident that we can continue to rely on the UCM community to continue their support in serving those in need.”  

 The Circle of Hope awards spotlight exemplary contributions of corporations, agencies, groups and individuals in support of Harvesters and the more than 140,000 people the food bank serves each month. The Circle of Hope refers to the common interest between Harvesters and its agencies, volunteers and donors in alleviating hunger in the 26 counties served by Harvesters.

The Circle of Hope Awards honor organizations and individuals leading the fight against hunger in the Kansas City region. More than 250 philanthropists, community agencies, volunteers and corporate food donors attended the event, held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

For more information on the Campus Cupboard, visit, or contact Beth Rutt at or 660-543-4381.