Western Carolina University and Eblen Charities have joined together to create a food pantry at WCU’s Biltmore Park instructional site, intended for a rarely considered clientele ― graduate students.

“WCU cares about student success and that their needs are being met, whether in the classroom or at home,” said Lane Perry, director of WCU’s Center for Service Learning, which is leading the university’s efforts. “We have to take into account aspects of wellness, such as proper diet and ready access to food, and not take for granted that because a person is seeking a post-graduate degree they can afford it.”

Eblen Charities, the community partner for the food pantry, is an Asheville-based nonprofit that supports health, housing, medical and other assistance throughout Western North Carolina.

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Originally published August 23, 2018.