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Student Food Bank
The Student Food Bank at Martin Methodist College seeks to alleviate the barriers and challenges associated with food insecurity and hunger so that students can remain in school, and ultimately, earn their degrees. The Student Food Bank promotes the academic success of students dealing with food insecurity by providing a reliable source of food on-campus that is free of charge to current MMC students. The Student Food Bank is always accepting donations. See below for items we need most. Any questions or referrals should be sent to the Director of Student Engagement, Sarah Catherine Richardson, (email@example.com).
Why a food bank?
Food insecurity has increasingly become an issue on college and university campuses across the country with some data showing that up to 59% of college students experience food insecurity. Research has shown that food insecurity for college students has a negative effect on student GPA, levels of energy, and concentration. Obtaining an adequate food supply is also often a major component of the financial stress that students bear, but often, community food resources are not able to accommodate students based on their eligibility guidelines.
How does it work?
Students are allowed to self-refer, or may be referred by campus departments. Students must present their Student ID or other proof that they are a current, registered MCC student in order to receive food. Students in need are welcome to visit the Student Food Bank once per week, and will be able to select a limited number of food items in categories.
Will I need to prove I'm eligible?
The Student Food Bank does not require any documentation of need. We currently are able to operate on the honor system. Students will be asked to fill out a brief membership form with basic information, but it is not necessary to prove eligibility. The membership form provides us with valuable data which will enhance our ability to attract support for the Food Bank. Students will also check in each visit to the Student Food Bank, again to provide data on usage.
What are the hours?
Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. Students should check in with the Director of Student Engagement, Sarah Catherine Richardson, (firstname.lastname@example.org) to access the food bank.
Where are you located?
The Student Food Bank is upstairs in the Campus Life House.
What items does the Food Bank have/need?
- noodles, especially ramen
- pasta, especially macaroni & cheese
- canned soup, stew, beans, vegetables, or fruit
- bars (protein, granola, etc.)
- breakfast items, especially single-serve cereal or Pop-Tarts
- shelf stable milk and juice
Single-serve items that do not require additional dishware (Easy Mac, Cup of Noodles, etc.) are especially helpful. Please make sure items are not expired before donating.