You walk past it every day, but do you know what it is? A new addition as of late September, JJC opened a micro pantry!
The national problem of students who struggle with food insecurity is an issue that the college has taken highly into consideration. Thanks to the analysis of a national study on food insecure college students, and a local study conducted by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the micro pantry was born.
A single piece of data collected by the JJC study stated that “Almost 30% of students stated that there has been a time when they did not have enough food for themselves or their household.”
The micro pantry is located just outside of the Café Curve, at the east end of the C-Concourse. It is open during the college’s open and operating hours.
You may find or donate various non-perishable food items. Donations can be brought to A-1100 or D-1010.
Acceptable items include, but are not limited to, canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups, rice, and infant formula. Also accepted are personal care items such as diapers, shampoos, and razors.
Dr. Yolanda Farmer, Vice President of Student Development, expressed gratitude on behalf of the college to the donor of this unit, Jeff Eberhard.
Besides being the owner of EZ Auto Sales in Joliet, Eberhard is also one of the college’s recent J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award winners. He has created and installed multiple other micro food pantries throughout Will and Grundy counties.
The school is currently relying on referrals to the micro pantry through the OSRR, faculty, staff, and students. In a mass email, Farmer stated, “Currently, there is no registration or verification of individuals in need. We are working from the premise of the honor systems.”
The micro pantry will be maintained by the OSRR with the help of student groups such as Student Government.
The college will be monitoring engagement with the micro pantry through its use and support (donations). This will help determine if more or less support is needed in the community.
For more information, or if you would like to help, you may contact Cyndi Vasquez-Barrios at firstname.lastname@example.org.