LCC food pantry assists students
By Haneen Hammad
Long-time LCC employee and former student Laurie Bates, along with a team of employees in Support Services, have established a “Stars Helping Stars” food pantry for students who need help in challenging times.
The “Stars Helping Stars” pantry is a donation-based program that was established in the fall of 2015.
Jess Stevens, a support specialist at the Center for Student Support, commented on the food pantry.
“Laurie Bates started the pantry here because she saw a need … and knew that students can go hungry while in class, especially if they come to campus and haven’t eaten all day or can’t afford too,” Stevens said.
“We do have a nice commons downstairs, but that doesn’t mean everyone can afford to use it. So Laurie created the food pantry.”
The food pantry provides sack lunches for students who are in need of one, as well as a bag full of items for home.
“At this time, students can come to our desk and we get them a sack lunch, no problems,” Stevens said. “We pick out what they are going to have for the day, and then if they say, ‘I can use some food at home,’ we can pack them a bag for home.”
Recently the Center for Student Support has received an increase in clients, and is in need of more donations from LCC employees and students.
The center accepts nonperishable food, bags, dry milk and personal items.
“We generally ask for donations of bags if anyone has bags; reusable bags are best,” Stevens said.
“Something that is always good is almond milk and shelf-stable milks, because if I give someone a box of Hamburger Helper, they don’t have the ingredients to still make that.”
Anyone who would like to support the LCC “Stars Helping Stars” food pantry, or make a monetary donation, can visit: www.lcc.edu/givetopantry/