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Local produce grown on UA Student Union rooftop helps feed students and faculty

TUCSON- Fresh produce blooms on the rooftop of the Student Union at the University of Arizona.

A student-organized greenhouse is providing fresh fruits and vegetables for students and faculty, including tomatoes and bell peppers.

“The greenhouse is actually a result of the Campus Pantry here on our campus that is a student-led organization and I would say they inspired us to do a little bit more to help food insecure students on campus,” said Todd Millay with the Arizona Student Unions.

The idea stemmed from a competition in order to grow hyper-local produce for the school’s pantry and nearly 100 percent of the produce grown will end up in the pantry.

Five years back, the group was feeding about 30 students a month. As of this week, about 550 students per week enjoy the food from Campus Pantry, according to Millay.

Anyone with a CatCard can come into the Campus Pantry. Food will be distributed Wednesday and Friday.

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors KVOA’s newscast weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.
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