The men, women, and K9s of the UT Police Department for the first time have taken on the “No Shave November” challenge to benefit Smokey’s Pantry, UT’s campus food pantry.
To participate, each employee gave a $25 donation (some gave a little more!) with all proceeds benefiting Smokey’s Pantry. The department raised $1,161 for the pantry.
Forty-six UTPD employees—commissioned officers and civilians, including five women and 41 men—took part in the challenge.
The department delivered the funds today to the pantry.
Smokey’s Pantry, located at the Tyson House Campus Ministry, provides free groceries and hygiene products to UT students, staff, and faculty and Knoxville community members who are in need.
On a typical Tuesday, the pantry, which is set up like a grocery store, serves 60 to 80 families, 20 of which are UT student families, said Caitlynne Fox, director of Smokey’s Pantry.
The pantry is open every Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters from 4 to 6 p.m.