Northwest Tech is pleased to have been the recipient for a $1500 grant from the Elks Lodge located in Goodland Kansas. This grant will go toward supplying a new food pantry the college is adding over the 2017 summer. With food insecurity becoming a growing concern on many college campuses, including Northwest Tech, the college decided to seek funding to build and supply the pantry for the upcoming school year.
In addition to awarding the college a grant, Elks Lodge members helped with purchasing and setting up the shelving in the Student Union Hawks Nest. The initiative started when a local community member, Kristin Johnston, reached out to administrators to ask the college to launch a food program to help students needing food. The pantry will also be home to the fresh fruit and vegetable distributions the college is fortunate to receive from the local non-profit organization Genesis.
“We have numerous students who commute to campus every day, and those who live out in the community, who simply need a little help with food” said Ben Schears, Northwest Tech President. “It’s great when community members and community organizations see a need and work together to help our students.”
In addition to the food pantry, the college is also expanding the meal plan for on-campus students from its current level of 17 meals per week to a 19 meal per week plan. This allows for three meals during weekdays and a brunch and supper on the weekends.
“Student hunger is a pressing issue on college campuses, this grant helps go a long way towards are goal to make sure all our student needs are met not only academic but personal also” said Dean of Students Jason Showalter, who will be heading up the new program.
Students will be able to come two days a week to pick five or six non-perishable items to help supplement a healthy diet during their academic year. Anyone looking to make future donations of non-perishable food or a cash donation, please contact Jason Showalter, Dean of Student, 785-890-1584 or email at Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org.