A Free Meal is Closer Than You Think

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A wider selection of goods than ever before is now accessible to students on Cuyahoga Community College’s East Campus. This is the result of an expansion of the partnership between the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Tri-C.

Toiletries like paper towels, deodorant, and even laundry detergent are now accessible–free of charge–for any student in need at East.

A Food Bank or Food Pantry is available at every Tri-C campus, so all students have an opportunity to take advantage of the program. Once a week, enrolled students can present their Tri-C ID and choose between eight to 14 items (varying by campus), free of charge.

Students at West can also take advantage of the monthly Fresh Produce Day, where students get free fruits and veggies, taking place this month on Thursday, September 28.

According to East Campus’ Unit Operations Specialist, Mynetta Brower, one of the main advantages of the partnership between Tri-C and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the ability to stretch every dollar, providing much more food compared to buying from a grocery store.

Brower credited the origin of the program to Tri-C’s Student Government. “A couple students were saying they couldn’t study, they couldn’t focus, because they were hungry,” said Brower. “And some students who were homeless were asking if someone could help feed them. That inspired the students to start a food bank. ”

Rebecca Groth, Student Government President at East, is part of the effort to keep the Food Bank filled to the brim. Student Government plans the fundraising events to pay for the Food Bank, like the bake sale October 17 and 18 at East Campus that will invest directly back into the program.

“Everyone knows that students in college are going to be needing help with food. Regardless of where you’re at in life, it’s really helpful,” said Groth. “We’re here to help supplement students, whether they forgot a meal, they don’t have money for lunch that day, or they need some groceries for the week”

The Food Bank program may grow even more, with plans to expand the Greater Cleveland Food Bank partnership to Metro Campus once construction on the Campus Center is completed.

Anyone who wants to help the Food Bank program can donate non-perishable goods anytime. To find out more about this process or to take advantage of the program itself, contact theStudent Life Office on your campus.

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