By Jamie Ives
Times can be tough for today’s college student. There are the worries of getting to class on-time, studying for tests and navigating the maze of financial aid paperwork. Sometimes it is as simple as getting adequate nutrition. North Hennepin Community College is addressing that struggle for its students. The Food Cupboard began as the vision of two North Hennepin students in 2011, which has since grown into a collaborative effort between students, staff and the community.
Scheduled to open September 4th 2012, the Food Cupboard will operate from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It will be located in the Campus Center, room 225, distributing food, as well as information about local resources, for students with financial need. Students will be required to show their student ID and will receive items depending on their current circumstances.
The Food Cupboard will also foster community involvement, encouraging the students, staff and faculty of North Hennepin to develop a sense of responsibility for the community. The volunteer-run resource will allow students and faculty to provide support by donating time, service, as well as food items. Students will experience how to directly affect the community around them, and the benefits that these partnerships provide.
An integral part of establishing the Food Cupboard has been the support of community organizations. They will also provide resource information to those using the Food Cupboard, further increasing the value to students, which is exactly what the committee for this project wants to do. Food Cupboard Coordinator, and student, Richard Barnier said, “Our goal is to provide a quality service that is valued by the students.”
Food donations can be brought to the North Hennepin Student Life office, located in the Campus Center. Monetary donations can be sent via check to:
7411 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Please specify “NHCC Food Cupboard” in the memo line when making monetary donations. For more information please call Troy Nellis, Director of Service Learning, at 763-488-0409.