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College opens food pantry to assist students

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: Black River Technical College) (Source: Black River Technical College)
POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -

The food pantry on the campuses of Black River Technical College is now open to students.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement at BRTC Karen Liebhaber told Region 8 News that having a food pantry might help students who have fallen on difficult times.

"Many of our students have families at home, are working full- or part-time and going to school, have encountered temporary financial difficulties, or may have even lost their job and are trying to make a better future for them and their families," Liebhaber said. "Our food pantry helps current BRTC students by providing about 3 days worth of food for the student and his/her family."

At BRTC's Pocahontas campus, the food pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. On the Paragould campus, the pantry is temporarily available by appointment only.

"Of course, a student's attention to his studies can be significantly reduced if he has not had proper meals or nutrition," Liebhaber said. "We hope to help students achieve their goals of a degree by helping them through rough times."

The food pantry is a collaborative effort between BRTC's Student Government Association and Nutrition and Dietetics Club.

The food pantry is in need of non-perishable food items. Right now, the food pantry especially needs:

  • Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
  • Tuna and canned meat.
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Cereals
  • Fruit juices (non-perishable)
  • Crackers
  • Canned or dried beans

To donate, or for more information, contact Christina Derebes at (870) 248-4000 ext. 4168.

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