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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 8, 2014) – College kids are no stranger to Ramen noodles and bologna sandwiches, but a new resource at Ivy Tech is aiming to fill the nutritional gap and students’ stomachs.

A new food pantry opens this month in Ivy Tech’s Fall Creek Center.

It’s called “Bear Necessities,” after the school’s mascot.

“If your belly is rumbling, I think you can’t focus on school. You can’t be the best you can be. You can’t be the most productive,” said Lillie Beasley, 29, vice president of Ivy Tech’s student government and a pantry volunteer.

Students solicited donations of goods from the Ivy Tech community, grocery stores and local restaurants. The goal, she said, is to keep the food pantry self-sustaining through donations.

They’ll be supplying canned goods, pasta, paper goods and baby items to any student in need.

The Bear Necessities Food Pantry opens Sept. 15 in room 203 at Ivy Tech’s Illinois Fall Creek Center, 2535 N. Capitol Ave. in Indianapolis. It will open 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and 3 to 5 p.m.