JCCC food pantry jump-started with tons of food
A canned food drive sponsored by JCCC’s Ethiopian Student Organization and the Organization of Black Collegians in cooperation with the JCCC Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Let’s Can Hunger challenge collected several thousand pounds of nonperishable food for the newly established JCCC food pantry.
The drive began Nov. 16 as part of the 2011 Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Challenge, a competition sponsored by Campbell Soup Company that challenges SIFE teams in Canada, Mexico and the United States to raise awareness of hunger, translate awareness to action in the form of urgent hunger relief and empower those in need to defeat the cycle of hunger.
Besides gathering food, the JCCC SIFE students also worked to set up a new food pantry for JCCC students in need. The pantry is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in OCB 272 when school is in session.
Community sponsors for the drive provided food and personal care items. They included Wal-Mart, Price Chopper (K-7 and Santa Fe location), Sam’s Club (Lenexa and Overland Park locations), Hy-Vee (Overland Park and Olathe locations) and the Johnson County Christmas Bureau.
Members of the Black Collegians and Ethiopian Student groups picked up donations from various locations.
Campus departments that supported the drive were the business division, Student Life and Leadership Development and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Multicultural Center assisted in collecting and storing the food.
Three area restaurants sponsored dinners for the student groups that brought in the most donations for the drive. Winners are JCCC Pastry/Baking Shop, a meal at Old Chicago Pizza; Nigerian Students, a meal at Olive Garden; and the Ethiopian Student Organization and the Organization of Black Collegians, a meal at Cheddar’s Casual Cafe.
Posted Dec. 16 to the JCCC electronic mail server, Infolist