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
- Fruit juices (non-perishable)
- Canned or dried beans
To donate, or for more information, contact Christina Derebes at (870) 248-4000 ext. 4168.
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