Johnson County Community College

Join the JCCC
fight against hunger!

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.


The World Bank estimates that more than 1 billion people do not have enough to eat each day. Children are the hardest hit: every six seconds a child succumbs to hunger-related causes.

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.


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

As of 2010, more than 1 in 6 Johnson County residents were low-income. About 6.6% of the county population was living in poverty; That’s 12,000 children, 4,500 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 Globally:


On September 27, JCCC will team up with Stop Hunger Now (SHN) to package a goal of 20,000 highly nutritious meals, which SHN will send to their international distribution partners. Meals will be packaged by teams of volunteers right here on JCCC’s campus. Meal packaging events are satisfying, good for team building, and FUN!

More event details and sign up to volunteer!


Each meal package, which contains rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and 21 essential vitamins and minerals, costs just 25 cents. In other words, by raising $5,000 JCCC can meet its goal of sending 20,000 meals abroad to alleviate international hunger. For only $5 you can feed 20 people! Please consider donating to JCCC’s international food packaging event. This fundraising is a critical part of meeting our meal packaging goal.

Donate today!

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 September 23-27, including the SHN packaging event on the Sept. 27:

  • 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!

Donate to the food pantry online or send checks made out to “JCCC Foundation” to Box 25. Write "food pantry" in the memo.