As Can the Bods begins again, as it does every fall, I think it’s important to keep in mind that this is not just a fun competition.

Your contribution impacts students on this campus in a very real way.

Sure, it’s fun to try and beat our rivals by raising more canned goods than they do.

And yeah, its hilarious (and a little satisfying) to see one of the student government presidents get a pie in the face if their college loses.

But the real point of the event is to raised canned goods and other nonperishables to stock Corky’s Cupboard, the food pantry on campus.

Since I started at Emporia State four years ago, I’ve always been impressed with the dedication and thoughtfulness that has always been put into Corky’s Cupboard.

I’ve visited the Cupboard many times on assignment from The Bulletin. From reporting when they were low on donation to when they had just finished a successful run, one thing has remained the same: the attitudes and helpfulness of the people volunteering at the Cupboard.

Extra care is taken in the Cupboard to make sure students feel a little less like they’re at a food pantry, and a little more like they’re at a grocery store.

Additionally, I’ve witnessed many students walk up to the Cupboard, head down, perhaps a little embarrassed.

However, after being greeted by the volunteer in a welcoming manner and being talked to like they were a human person, with value, the process becomes a little easier for everyone.

It might seem silly that I mention this particular detail, but having volunteered in multiple food pantries, I can tell you this is not always the case.

Corky’s Cupboard doesn’t just provide food either, but also basic hygenic necesities, like feminine hygiene products, deoderant, body wash and toothpaste.

It might not seem like a big deal, but when you’re on a tight budget and don’t have access to all the resources other people might, these little things mean a lot.

It’s time we start taking care of our own Hornets a little better and start showing them a little more love.

Donate to Corky’s Cupboard and make a difference on this campus.

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