Master of social work student Tom Garland followed his passion back to school and a degree in human services. That passion led to his conception of a campus food pantry.
Today, Garland’s original vision has evolved into Tuffy’s Basic Needs Services Center. Dedicated to helping students who experience food or housing insecurity and other hardships, the center promotes wellness and offers support — food assistance, short-term housing, hygiene products, professional clothing, emergency grant funds and off-campus social services — that enables students to complete their education.
To read more on Garland and what he learned through working to bring Tuffy’s Basic Needs Services Center to reality, continue reading.