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UConn star Paige Bueckers supports food pantry with NIL deal

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UConn basketball star Paige Bueckers is putting her NIL dollars to good use.

Through a deal with education technology company Chegg, the redshirt junior donated $50,000 to the Husky Harvest food pantry.

Her support of Husky Harvest is just the latest in her efforts to address food insecurity. Bueckers also has opened free pop-up grocery stores in her home state of Minnesota.

Through the food pantry, which has several locations across UConn’s campuses, Bueckers will help UConn students and staff members in need. The Husky Harvest location on the main campus in Storrs served 551 people in March and 340 in April.

“I know college is very expensive and students have to worry about paying for a lot of different things, so to take one more thing off their plate, literally, is amazing,” Bueckers said Monday at a news conference announcing the donation. “And I can’t wait to see how well this does and how I can contribute in the future as well.”