During a month of fundraising, Fresno State’s March Match Up campaign raised more than what organizers were hoping for – $150,044.
The fundraising campaign mission was to raise money for the Student Cupboard, a food and hygiene pantry for Fresno State students. The initial goal was to reach $100,000, but the campaign exceeded that by $50,044. Last year, the campaign raised $184,475.
As Mary Castro shared the amount raised, student helpers held up individual cards that revealed the total.
Castro said she has made it one of her priorities as the wife of University President Dr. Joseph Castro to help combat student hunger.
According to the university, more than 40 percent of students on campus face food insecurity.
“We can’t stop fighting for our students. They’re showing up every day and trying to do their best,” she said.
During the reveal last Friday, a student shared how the Student Cupboard played a role in how he will be able to graduate in May.
Sociology major Reginald Colbert transferred to Fresno State last spring. When he arrived he ran into a problem – his financial aid was delayed two months.
With the help of Jessica Medina, coordinator of the Food Security Project, and other staff, Colbert was able to use the cupboard and other resources on campus until he got back on his feet.
Medina even assisted in helping Colbert stay in the dorms for seven days for free through residential services.
“It’s kind of hard to swallow your pride. They make it feel good. They make everyone feel welcome,” Colbert said.
The fundraising campaign ran for the entire month of March with donations varying from $10 to $25,000.
According to a university news release, there were 286 donors, including Moss Adams LLP, Fagundes Dairy and The Wonderful Company Foundation.