AS Toiletry Pantry

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Shelves filled with donated toiletries for students in need to take. Photo by Jennifer Costa.

The Associated Students (AS) Toiletry Pantry is a new pilot project which launched this semester in September. It is conveniently set up as a one stop “take as you need” service in providing basic toiletry essentials to students in need.

This is a free service currently set up in the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Student Center (Building 12). So far for the month of September, over 500 products have been distributed.

The items provided in the Toiletry Pantry bins include but are not limited to: feminine hygiene products, hair care products, soap, dental hygiene products, shaving cream and more. We acquire these products through donations from local companies, CSUMB faculty and staff, and AS also subsidizes the purchase of necessary products to stock the bins.

The VP of University Affairs, Jennifer Costa, and AS Basic Needs Senator, Maddy Maurer, who directly oversee this project are also supported by the AS Pro-Staff and AS Student Assistants to track, monitor and keep the bins full.

If you would like to donate to the Toiletry Pantry, donations can be dropped off in the Student Center room 109 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you have any questions, suggestions or would like to know more about the AS Toiletry Pantry, please contact Jennifer Costa at vpua@ascsumb.org.

This is an example of one of the immediate goals for the Associated Students focused on alleviating the financial burden of higher education students face, and this is one of the methods AS has used to address that along with our sponsorship of our monthly AS Food Pantry.

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