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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)

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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