A free food pantry is now open on the Salem State University campus, helping to provide food to a number of students and nearby residents who have said they lack access to food.
The Fresh Harvest Pop Up Stand opened on the Salem State campus Wednesday and about 30 people stopped by to grab fresh produce at no cost. The Salem News reports a university survey found last year that 35 percent of student respondents had difficulty affording food.
The city also assessed food needs last year, finding a substantial low-income area of Salem near Salem State lacked access to food pantries.
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The mobile food pantry was organized by The Salem Pantry, Citizens Inn in Peabody, and Salem State University, with funding from the Brace Cove Foundation of Gloucester.