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Murf's Food Pantry
Welcome to Murf's Food Pantry

The Food Pantry was established in 2017 by Dr. Christina Rupsch, then Dean and current adjunct professor and Professor Emerita in Art, out of the needs she saw in her students. Through the years, it expanded, and upon her retirement in 2020, the department of Academic Success took over. A natural fit, the department of three now collects and maintains the inventory for the distribution and maintenance of the products.

Since Academic Success began overseeing the pantry in 2020, over 1,000 student orders, have been fulfilled. Last fall, orders doubled from the previous semester. Recognizing that student need was greater than immediate resources, Academic Success staff sought support from larger and well-established organizations. In spring 2022, Academic Success reached out to partner with the Food Bank of the Albemarle. “We began working to meet the requirements to partner, obtaining donations for a refrigerator and freezer and the annual membership fee,” shared Syble Shellito. “Through generous donations, the Food Pantry has sustained itself since its inception, and again many donors have come together to support the new partnership by providing donations needed to meet the partnership requirements.”

In the new location of Robert Marks Hall Room 216, Murf’s Food Pantry, which has previously only kept dry goods, personal hygiene products, cleaning aids, and snacks, has expanded immensely. Through a donation from the Camp-Younts Foundation of a new industrial-sized refrigerator and freezer, it can now offer fresh and frozen foods. This donation also aided in meeting the requirement for refrigeration and freezing for partnership with the Food Bank of the Albemarle.

Through the new partnership, The Food Bank of the Albemarle will deliver fresh produce, frozen foods, and fresh/frozen meats at .04 per pound, which is covered by generous monetary donations to the food pantry from employees and the community. They also provide training on food safety, inventory management, civil rights (access), and networking to related grant information. Additionally, the Food Bank provides a connection to the Emergency Fund Assistance Program (TFAP).

Access Murf’s Food Pantry there is at no cost to Chowan University students. To access Murf’s Food Pantry, students simply drop in during Murf’s Food Pantry business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm in Marks Hall 216.

While the new partnership is making great strides in filling the food needs, the need for supplies such as paper, pens, notebooks, and personal hygiene items are still in great need.

Join Linda Weaver, Board of Trustee Member, in celebrating our 175th Birthday
Linda Weaver is challenging the Chowan Family to help us celebrate this monumental milestone of 175 years. When 30 gifts are made of $175+, Linda’s generous contribution of $5,000 will be unlocked to the Chowan Fund. All gifts of $175+ will also receive a limited edition commemorative etched glass.
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First Time Donors Challenge
This challenge encourages donors to make their first gift to Chowan. At the end of Chowan Gives, a name from the first time donors list will be drawn and that person will select an area of his/her choice for the $1,000 bonus. Lynette Bunch, Board of Trustee member, encourages you to make your first gift to Chowan!
Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce, Let's Eat Off-Campus-Student Challenge
Students who donate $17.50 or more during Chowan Gives will be eligible for a random drawing for gift cards to area restaurants, etc. This challenge is brought to you by the Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce!
1965 Red Hot Ford Mustang Fastback Challenge
Alumnus Barry Bradberry, Class of 1973, is sponsoring this challenge. Barry drove a 1965 red Ford Mustang Fastback when he was a student at Chowan and he still owns and drives it today! The car was featured in the movie “Dare to Be.” 25 gifts of $19.65 or more will unlock his donation of $1,000. Donations will be placed in the Alumni Loyalty Fund.
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The 175th Donor Challenge
The donor who makes the 175th contribution during Chowan Gives will unlock a $500 gift to the area of their choice from Elaine Myers, Board of Trustee member and a 175th Celebration Committee member.
Rush Hour Power Hour
Win a starbucks $10 digital gift card between the hours of 8 am-9 am on April 5th when you donate $25.00+. 10 names will be drawn. This challenge is brought to you by Alumni Council President, Maurice Fluitt.
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