By Mason Glanville
The Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society is hosting its basic needs drive through Friday, Feb. 28.
The drive will benefit the Student Food Exchange Fund, which is located on the first floor of Sneden Hall. Any student in need of basic resources like non-perishable food items, toiletries, and cleaning supplies is welcome to visit the pantry and take what they need. The service is anonymous and free to students of Grand Rapids Community College.
GRCC student Jacob Foster, President of Psi Beta, says that the goal of the Fund is to satisfy the basic needs of students according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The hierarchy, commonly referred to as “Maslow’s Pyramid,” says that people need things with different degrees of importance. The base of the pyramid is “Physiological Needs.” Meaning that food, water, and physical security are the most important things people need to thrive.
Foster said that the pantry service helps people “reach greater potential through education.”
At the college, the Student Food Exchange Fund is well-utilized, underlying a significant need in the community.
“The food goes quickly” said Foster, “we restock it daily.”
In addition to GRCC students, the current drive will benefit 3:11 Youth Housing. This organization serves young people in Kent County who are experiencing homelessness. A safe place to live is another basic need that goes unmet for some GRCC students.
Non-perishable food items and other new household goods can be placed in the bin on the second floor of White Hall, or in the paper bags located in each psychology classroom.