Texas Woman’s food pantry places 2nd in national contest
The Texas Woman’s University food pantry won second place and a $500 cash prize in the 2016 NestFresh Cares Cash Contest. The national competition awarded cash prizes to two non-profits in the U.S. out of 300 entries in support of each organization’s outstanding charitable efforts.
The TWU food pantry is a department of sociology and social work initiative that aims to meet the immediate and short term food needs, as well as the emergency non-food needs, of university students and their families. The pantry is managed by the TWU Student Association for Social Work and serves approximately 25 to 30 students per month. The TWU food pantry was founded over 30 years ago and is believed to be one of the first university food pantries in the nation.
Lori Richman, administrative assistant for the TWU Department of Music and Drama, entered the contest “as a total fluke.” After receiving an email request for food pantry donations, she decided to nominate the charity for the NestFresh Cares Contest, which was advertised the same day. “I had no idea that out of 300 entries, we would make the final cut. I couldn’t believe we won the $500, and I’m so glad it’s going to a worthy cause,” Richman said.
NestFresh Eggs awarded $1,500 to the first place winner and $500 to the second place winner of its 2016 NestFresh Cares Cash Contest. KultureCity, a non-profit organization providing support for individuals with autism and their families, placed first. Ten finalists were selected from all contest entries, and winners were determined by public vote.