The holidays mark a time when friends and family spend time together giving thanks, exchanging gifts and enjoying a meal together. However, for some college students, buying a children’s gift or simply filling a gas tank can lead to a skipped meal and a holiday season spent hungry.
The JCCC food pantry, located in OCB 261Q, was established in November 2011 to help students and their families obtain food and other essentials in times of need. The pantry operates on an anonymity policy, providing those in need the opportunity to get food during one of the most celebrated times of the year.
The Campus Ledger, ECAV Radio and JCAV-TV are coming together to sponsor a food drive throughout the month of November to raise food and/or money for the food pantry on campus. Anyone can bring canned goods and/or receipt of donation to the Student News Center, located in COM 260, in exchange for raffle tickets which will enter them for a chance to win two free movie passes, two Missouri Mavericks hockey tickets and more. Participants will receive one raffle ticket in exchange for every five canned/personal care items donated or for every $5 donated (receipt required). Prize winners will be announced on Nov. 30.
The drive will run from Nov. 5 to Nov. 30. Coming together for the benefit of all is one of the best things about the holidays, and by donating to the pantry, we can come together and give back to this campus that has given us so much.
Below is a list of acceptable donation items provided by the JCCC food pantry website. For more information, visit the food pantry’s website at http://blogs.jccc.edu/mun/join-model-un/jccc-model-un-news/food-pantry-at-jccc/. For more information regarding the Student News Center food drive, visit COM 260 or call 913-469-8500 x3193.
- protein canned items
- Canned meats, tuna, chicken, and meat pasta sauces
- peanut butter
- canned fruit
- chunky meat soups
- protein or whole wheat pastas
- whole-grain cereals
- Personal care items and baby items, like diapers, are also welcome.
- If possible, please no canned vegetable products, particularly canned corn and bean products (we have boxes and boxes). However, while we do have plenty in supply, donations are always welcomed.