Finals are fast approaching, and the Food for A Grade program aims to give Salt Lake Community College students the right brain food to study on.
Academic and Career Advising, the Center for Health and Counseling, the Disability Resource Center and Student Life and Leadership will distribute thousands of snack packs containing bottled water, dried and fresh fruit, trail mix and granola bars from now through finals week.
“We have students who come directly from work and don’t have time to eat, or leave early in the morning [and stay all day],” says Academic and Career Advising director and Food for A Grade founder Sonia Parker.
Parker launched the program last year, which distributed 3,000 snack packs to students. Through a $7,000 grant recently delivered by Wells Fargo Bank vice president Silvia Norman, Food for A Grade will provide 6,000 snack packs during midterms and finals this academic calendar year.
The snack packs also contain a nutritional fact sheet provided by the Center for Health and Counseling that educates students on healthy snack options.
“Sometimes [students will] just grab fries or a burger for a boost, but then immediately become hungry again or sleepy,” Parker says.
Volunteers from Student Life and Leadership and other departments assemble the snack packs before they are delivered to offices and students studying at campus libraries and study labs.
“One student really touched my heart when she told me she couldn’t believe we were giving away ‘free’ food,” Parker says.
Any student who wants a snack pack can visit ACA, CHC, DRC or SLL offices at every SLCC campus. Parker encourages students to use the snacks as energy for their finals.
Parker reminds any student struggling with food insecurity to visit the Bruin Campus Cupboard at South City Campus.
“We want our students to do well,” she says.