Washington Adventist University
November 19, 2021
Washington Adventist University (WAU) is known for its motto “Gateway to Service,” highlighting the university’s commitment to engaging and preparing students for service in and out of their communities. With Service Day once a semester, mission trips, and other available service opportunities, this aspect of the WAU lifestyle has been encouraged since its beginnings. A part of maintaining that motto involves providing service to the WAU students themselves. It has become more apparent, due to the challenges we faced during this pandemic, that there is a greater need for support and security amongst our students. In response, an initiative was taken to create and open WAU’s first Food Pantry.
The WAU Food Pantry is located in Room #13 in the basement of Wilkinson Hall, out of the way of general traffic for the individual’s comfort and privacy. If a student is not comfortable with going directly to the location site, one can contact the WAU Food Pantry by calling the direct line 301.891.4089 or Lorena Martinez at 301.891.4112 to have items brought to them at another undisclosed location. Currently, the WAU Food Pantry has a wide selection of canned and boxed goods, other nonperishable items, essentials like hygiene products and hand sanitizer, books, and more for students to pick up as they need.
There is a lot of excitement about the potential of the WAU Food Pantry for WAU, its students, and eventually the community as a whole. It is WAU’s mission to see students through their education, preparing them to be leaders of service in their communities. Along that same thread, it is also its goal to provide them with the best resources to make their university experience a smooth and successful one.