Johnson County Community College

As the community college of Johnson County, JCCC has an inherent mission of serving as a center of civic engagement. In an effort to bring the college community – from students to staff to faculty – together in a spirit of service, departments and programs across campus will be working to alleviate and educate about hunger both locally and abroad.

HUNGER GLOBALLY

Approximately 795 million people in the world are chronically malnourished. That number is down 167 million over the past decade and 216 million less than in 1990-1992. These changes mean that more people are being fed, despite an increasing population. A world without hunger is possible!

In the developing countries, the availability of a hot meal can help promote education, health, and gender equality, while combating cycles of poverty, childhood mortality, and disease.

JCCC Serves Globally:

Register and Donate

On April 20,2016 JCCC will team up with Stop Hunger Now (SHN) to package nutritious meals. Register to volunteer or help by donating to feed the hungry globally with SHN. see event details

HUNGER LOCALLY

Think Hunger doesn’t exist in Johnson County? Think again.

As of 2014, about 1 in 15 Johnson County residents live below the federal poverty line - $19,790 annually for a family of three. About 6.5% of the county population was living in poverty; that’s 12,000 children, 4,710 young adults, and more than 16,000 working age adults over 25.

Poverty limits a person’s ability to meet their basic needs, including nutritious food. Poor nutrition due to lack of access can impact individual, family, and community health, brain function and productivity, and on larger scale, social sustainability.

The JCCC Food Pantry feeds an average of 50 to 60 people from the campus and Johnson County community a week and is in continuous need of the most substantially nutritious foods, such as non-perishable protein and whole grains.

JCCC Serves Locally:

Raising funds and food items for the JCCC Food Pantry continues to be a cause for a number of JCCC student groups and organizations, including JCCC Model United Nations which currently manages the pantry, however, it is continually in need of non-perishable protein and whole wheat items.

While packaging food to send abroad, we should not forget those in our own campus community that rely on our food pantry to access nutritious foods. We will be collecting the following types of items (no canned vegetables, please; they have plenty) at all of our Harvest Days events during the week of April 18-23, including the SHN packaging event on the April 20:

  • Canned fish, chicken or other meat
  • Meat pasta sauce
  • Chunky soups containing meat
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Nut butter
  • Dried beans and peas

Monetary donations to the food pantry are also welcome and appreciated!