Our Mission: The JCCC Food Pantry is intended to provide supplemental food and other necessities for students and their families who are in need of this type of support.
It’s hard to concentrate when you’re hungry.
But for some Johnson County Community College students, it’s a fact of life. Buying books or filling the car with gas to get to class may come at the cost of three square meals a day.
That’s one of the factors that led to the establishment of a food pantry in the business division’s main office OCB 261Q in the Office and Classroom Building.
The food pantry started in November 2011 when JCCC students participated in the Campbell’s Soup Company’s “Let’s Can Hunger” challenge. Campbell’s challenged groups across the nation to raise awareness of hunger, translate that awareness to action in the form of hunger relief and empower those in need to defeat the cycle of hunger.
That’s not surprising. United Community Services, a Johnson County agency that monitors human service’s needs, reported in September that U.S. Census Bureau figures for 2010 showed that 6.6 percent of the Johnson County population had incomes at or below the poverty level. Though Johnson County’s poverty rate was steady from a year earlier, the agency said the rate rose to 12.7 percent for the six-county Kansas City metropolitan area.
In fall of 2012 the JCCC Model United Nations began managing and operating the campus food pantry. In fall of 2014 JCCC Model and the Nutrition Club along with the Community Based Learning office are working to enhance the food pantry to gather food and to raise awareness of its existence.
In need are protein canned items –
Canned meats, tuna, chicken, and meat pasta sauces
chunky meat soups,
protein or whole wheat pasta’s
whole grain cereals
for example – are in short supply.
If possible, please no canned vegetable products particularly canned corn and bean products (we have boxes and boxes).
Personal care items, baby items, like diapers, also are welcome.
Things to remember:
-Please do not give homemade goods such as baked gods or home-canned items.
-All items must have labels and must be sealed.
Students can stop by the food pantry in OCB 261Q between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up the food they need.
Anyone interested in donating to the food pantry may bring non-perishable food to OCB 261Q, and personal items, cash or checks to the administrative assistants in OCB 261 during regular business hours.
Non-perishable food and personal items also can be deposited in donation bins at these locations: outside OCB 261 or first floor hallway outside OCB 174; Center for Student Involvement; and second floor, Science Building during the hours the college is open. If possible, please no canned vegetable products particularly canned corn and bean products (we have boxes and boxes).
You may go to https://secure.touchnet.com/C20110_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=3&CATID=606&SINGLESTORE=true to make the donation.
Checks should be made out to “JCCC Foundation” then in note Food Pantry.
Send checks to
Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210-1299
For info on the food pantry see Dr. Brian Wright