During the 2017 holiday season, American International College launched Rex’s Pantry, a food and necessities pantry housed on the College campus to assist community members in need.
Rex’s Pantry is a collaborative effort at AIC. Food is prepared by Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services. Additionally, campus vendors C&W Services and G4S donate essential items including cold weather wear and nonperishable goods. The overarching Rex’s Pantry effort is coordinated by the Office of Marketing and Communications. The creation of Rex’s Pantry was led by AIC’s Vice President for Marketing and Communications Robert Cole in association with the College’s Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services Jeff Bednarz, and Todd Alden, Chartwells director of dining services at AIC.
Inaugural deliveries from Rex’s Pantry took place in December 2017, when AIC delivered 100 Rex to the Rescue kits containing an assortment of hats, socks, gloves, foot-and hand-warmers to Friends of the Homeless, a local nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter to nearly 1,000 men and women each year. The College also distributed 100 kits containing boxed lunches, bottled water, snacks, and nonperishable items to the Springfield Rescue Mission.
In the spring of 2018, Rex’s Pantry, in partnership with Chartwells, provided hot lunches and dinners to more than 400 people through the Loaves and Fishes program. Members of AIC’s men’s ice hockey team and Campus Ministry prepped and served meals at the South Congregational Church and Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield. In addition, the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams conducted a clothing and necessities drive to benefit Friends of the Homeless in Springfield.
If you would like to volunteer to package donations, prep meals, or serve at a future Rex’s Pantry event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413.205.3336.
Rex’s Pantry also welcomes canned goods and living necessities, including toiletries, underwear, and socks (in original packaging). Donations are welcomed in the Office of Marketing and Communications, in the lower level of the Schwartz Campus Center, during regular business hours.