Community colleges are providing free food to needy students, reports Community College Times.
At Bellevue College (Washington), the Soup and Tutor Program is funded by sales of college-branded coffee.
“Some of our students can’t afford to get enough to eat every day. This is a simple way for folks to have a healthy lunch and receive help with their studies in a safe, friendly and supportive environment,” said Faisal Jaswal, assistant dean of student programs.
Two days a week, students can get a bowl of soup and tutoring help in English and math. The college also provides referrals for housing, child care, health services and other assistance.
A number of community colleges have opened food pantries.
Owens Community College (OCC) in Ohio teamed with a local food bank to open two food pantries. OCC hopes to make running the pantries a learning experience for students studying business, marketing, nutrition and sociology.
In Massachusetts, Greenfield Community College (GCC) has opened its pantry to staff, too.
Volunteers opened a food pantry at Valencia College in Florida. Students ask for “portable, instant meals, such as microwaveable cups of ramen noodles or a microwave-safe can of soup, along with snack-sized packs of crackers and cookies,” said volunteer Esperanza Perez.