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CPI Intern Makes a Difference at Benny's Pantry

July 7, 2021

CPI intern Crystal Larsen’s supervisors have praised her initiative in helping Benny’s Pantry become more accessible, easy-to-navigate, and helpful for students, but she is humble about her work. 

“For me, it’s nothing outstanding, but working there has been a really rewarding experience,” she said. “Being able to help is such a great feeling.” 

Larsen has been working  as a Career Path Intern for Benny’s Pantry, a food pantry for students facing food insecurity. In her role, she has reorganized the pantry, and found creative ways to overcome obstacles. For example, students may have only a microwave for cooking. Larsen. created a microwave recipes list and food kits for students that weren’t previously available. 

However, the biggest challenge she has faced is keeping the pantry stocked. Larsen is hoping to start a food drive to help relieve the strain on the pantry.

“We have a surplus of pasta, but other items like eggs, milk, and other basic grocery items go out quickly. We want to offer more than canned goods and pasta,” she said.

One thing Larsen has come to appreciate has been the food programs that are available and the school’s involvement in students’ food security. 

”Food is not something that you would think of as a freshman student. It’s usually, ‘I’ll be fine,’ but sometimes you do need help,” she said. 

Larsen's hard work hasn't gone unnoticed by her supervisors. 

"She has just been amazing! She is one of the best CPI students I have ever had!” said supervisor Stephanie Foreman.  

Benny’s Pantry is looking for volunteers. If you are interested in donating to the pantry, please check out Benny’s pantry donation page. If you need assistance from the pantry, help is available in Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Meridian.