JCCC food pantry

JCCC fights hunger

Johnson County Community College students and employees are fighting hunger this semester with a pair of efforts that attack the problem both globally and locally.

The global effort is a partnership with Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency that partners with non-profits around the world to provide food for those in need. The agency relies on volunteers to package highly nutritious meals made up of dehydrated vegetables, rice, soy meal and a supplement that provides 21 vitamins and nutrients.

Teams of JCCC volunteers will work from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 27, in the new Hospitality and Culinary Academy with a goal of packaging 20,000 of the meals. Participants are asked to register online.

Before the packaging event can take place, JCCC must raise money to pay for the products in the meals. People who would like to support the effort but can’t be at the Sept. 27 are invited to show their support by donating money to purchase the products included in the meals. Each meal costs a quarter; a $5 donation will provide food for 20 people. Donations can be made online.

Because hunger isn’t limited to faraway people, the effort also will take aim at hunger on the JCCC campus. Each week, the JCCC food pantry managed by the JCCC Model United Nations team serves an average of 50 to 60 people. The pantry is always in need of non-perishable protein foods like peanut butter or canned meats, and whole grains.

To help stock the shelves, nonperishable food items will be collected at a variety of harvest-themed events the week of Sept. 23 to 27. Items needed are canned fish, chicken or other meat; meat pasta sauce; chunky soups containing meat; whole wheat pasta; whole grain cereal; nut butter and dried peas or beans. Leave the vegetables at home, please, the food pantry has plenty.

The hunger fighting efforts are sponsored by the JCCC Center for Sustainability., the JCCC Service-Learning program, Student Life and Leadership Development and the JCCC Nutrition Club.

For more information, contact Kim Criner, sustainability education and engagement coordinator for JCCC.