By Hannah Empie
The Student Food Pantry at Grand Rapids Community College serves an important function to those that need it. In need of help or want to help? The Student Food Pantry is here for students.
The Student Food Pantry is run by the GRCC Student Alliance, the GRCC Foundation and the Office of Student Life and Conduct. The pantry can be found in the Student Life Center which is located on the first floor of the Student Center.
One GRCC student per household can apply and visit the pantry twice a month using the required GRCC bag, provided by the Student Life office. Students must reapply each academic term and are required to be enrolled with at least one credit.
To apply to the Student Pantry Program, you must fill out the intake form, which then will be reviewed by a Student Life and Conduct employee.
To help, those who manage the pantry are asking for non-perishable food and hygiene items. A list of desired items can be found on the GRCC website. The pantry also accepts donations of Meijer gift cards so that the staff is able to fill the pantry with various necessities. All pantry donations can be brought to the Student Life office.
According to the Director of Student Life and Conduct, Lina Blair, the college is working to “address hunger, homelessness, and emergency funding.” Blair also stated that the college is engaged in building relationships with outside organizations. A growing list of various resources, including links to food and housing assistance, can be found at grcc.edu/help.
If in need for a bite to eat, there are five snack pantries that are open to everyone and require no registration in the following locations:
- English Department: 400 College Park Plaza
- Library and Learning Commons
- First Floor of Sneden Hall
- Tassell M-Tec
- Third Floor of Student Center