Students enrolled in Pensacola State’s Adult Education Program recently collected and donated 124 nonperishable food items to the college’s Food Pantry.
Deborah McClintock, associate professor, told the students about the Food Pantry and they wanted to help.
“The students decided that in order to be good community stewards, they needed to begin at home,” McClintock said. “The students gave themselves a timeline of when the items would be brought in, how to organize them, and when the bundle would be delivered.”
Available to college students and all employees, the Food Pantry reopened in January following collection drives on the Pensacola, Milton and Warrington campuses and at the South Santa Rosa Center.
Along with grocery items ─ meats to dairy items, canned goods, microwave meals and other nonperishables, the food pantry also provides coats and jackets, blankets, personal hygiene items, household cleaning items and more.
McClintock thanked each of the students who participated in the food drive. She expressed a special thanks to the student-organizers ─ Clara Cappas, Madi Burchfield, Alyssa Tranter, Chris Moore, Tamarius McCovery and Tanner Gentry.
“The food drive was the students’ idea but they were not sure if it would be successful. However, when they set a goal, they accomplish it every time,” she added.
Located in the Pensacola campus Student Center, Building 5, the Food Pantry is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Friday. There is no criteria, however first-time applicants must fill out a confidential Food Request Form.
To make a donation to the food pantry, call Makenzie Johnson, coordinator of Student Engagement and Leadership and a Service Learning Committee member, at 850-484-1020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.