By Paul Maryniak | Ahwatukee Foothills News
While many of her fellow Ahwatukee residents were busy shopping for today’s meal, Lindsay Pacheco’s mind to a large extent was where it has been for a while – collecting food for her classmates.
The Arizona State University sophomore is one of the coordinators of the ASU Pitchfork Pantry, which helps students who can barely afford it to eat.
“I am very passionate about fighting food insecurity in college students and families, which is why I decided to take on the role,” the 2018 Valley Christian High School graduate said.
“Hearing stories of my own mom being a starving student reinforced my belief no student should have to decide between eating a good meal and buying a textbook,” she said.
The Pitchfork Pantry is a student-run food pantry serving ASU students.
It is run by volunteer students such as Lindsay and is fueled by donations – which they desperately need.
Since she lives in Ahwatukee, Lindsay is offering to even pick up donations so she can take them straight to the pantries on the Tempe and downtown campuses.
They can only accept non-perishable food items and hygienic products, but the needs are great.