Single Stop USA and the Student Life Department at North Campus are partnering to open a food pantry to assist registered students and their immediate families that are in need.
The program, which will open Dec. 2, will occur every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Life office located at 11380 N.W. 27th Ave, Room 4208.
Donations for the food pantry will be accepted throughout the year in Student Life. Eligible donations include non perishable foods, such as canned meals, grains, cereal, rice, pasta, dried beans, crackers, and water.
“Studying for an exam can be very challenging when working on an empty stomach. Some of our students are faced with the dilemma of feeding their families or finding gas money to get to school,” said Barbara Pryor Dumornay, Director of Single Stop. “Single Stop and Student Life want to be the place to assist students who are in need.”
Students who are interested in receiving food during these events must visit their respective Single Stop offices at their campus for a free benefits screening. Single Stop hopes to expand the food pantry to other campuses.
“There are so many students who could greatly benefit from such a food program,” said North Campus student, Adrian Moya. “I am glad the College is implementing this to provide families with the help they need.”
Single Stop, a non-profit organization, partnered with MDC three years ago. It has locations at North, Kendall and Wolfson, and has served more than 12,500 students. The program offers free services such as tax preparation, legal assistance, financial counseling and benefits screenings to those that qualify.
According to the College website, “the concept is to have a place where students can go to get screened for multiple government benefits, receive assistance in applying for those benefits, and have follow-up to see if they have in fact received the benefits they are eligible for.”
The Kendall Campus will be undertaking a similar project to the food pantry being orchestrated at North Campus. On Dec. 6, the Kendall Campus Student Life Department in collaboration with Single Stop will conduct a one-time food drive called “MDCan.”
Donations should be dropped off at the Koffee House, 11011 S.W. 104 St. in Room 127 from 8 a.m. until noon. Groceries will be dispersed at the Building 8 Loading Dock from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Kendall Campus student, Hyacinth Llanos, who has been spearheading the implementation of the MDCan event is excited by how “the entire campus, including students, faculty, and administration, is helping out and by how much it has progressed from being an idea.”
For more information about the food pantry, call 305-237-1444.