Thanks to University of Wisconsin-Madison student, Mallory Swenson, and her Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowship (WIF) from the Morgridge Center for Public Service, today’s pantry shoppers and donors benefit from a new nutrition strategy, updated donation requests, and a nutritional education program (visit our Pantry page for details). You’ll even find healthy recipe cards around the pantry and a monthly sample dinner featuring one of those recipes.

“When we build a healthier pantry, we build a healthier community,” says Cristina Johnson, LCEC Community Engagement Manager, “and Mallory has been hard at work doing just that.”

Mallory came to the LCEC during her freshman year, where she started out as a front desk receptionist before serving as a cook for our elementary afterschool program. In her own words, “Lussier is such an incredible community organization. It has certainly changed my life.” Based on her experience at the LCEC, Mallory decided to change her major from Nutritional Sciences to Community and Nonprofit Leadership. “The sense of community among everyone in the Center is a powerful feeling that not all organizations can mirror,” she adds.