Do you have a spare can of tuna or an extra box of mac and cheese? You can help your fellow Salt Lake Community College students in need.
The Mass Communication Center is holding a food drive to support the Bruin Campus Cupboard. The food drive runs through Nov. 25.
“We just want to help any students that are in need,” says MCC director Alison Arndt-Wild.
All donations from the MCC food drive will be given to the Bruin Campus Cupboard.
The food pantry was established in November 2013 after a survey showed that 65% of SLCC students were going hungry due to low income and other difficult circumstances.
The pantry has been successful because of its accessibility and convenience. Students simply need to present their OneCard and fill out a form to receive essential groceries and toiletries.
The Bruin Campus Cupboard primarily receives donations from the Utah Food Bank. The most needed food items include peanut butter, dry pasta, and canned goods.
The idea behind the MCC food drive is to offer extra help during a difficult time of year and allow students to make a difference on campus.
“We like the idea of students helping students,” Arndt-Wild says.
With a drop in donations in recent years, the MCC has incentivized the giving with a prize drawing.
Any SLCC student can contribute to the food drive.
Donation boxes are found in classrooms 1-056, 1-053, 2-053 and the Newsroom (1-054) at the South City Campus and TB 316 at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. Drop-off hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Students who miss the MCC food drive deadline can donate the to the Bruin Campus Cupboard at any time.