Healthy Harvest Food Bank (HHFB) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Rappahannock Community College (RCC) to bring relief to those struggling with food insecurity at the community college level.
Through this new initiative, RCC has opened a food pantry for students and staff at the Warsaw and Glenns campuses with grab and go items available at the Kilmarnock, King George and New Kent sites.
“This is what collaboration looks like right here in our backyard,” said HHFB vice president and development director Cindy Balderson. “Working together to help people in need at the college level, a problem often overlooked, is the current focus of our alliance with RCC,” she said.
Statistics show 12% of U.S. households are food-insecure. A recent survey of 2-year college students shows 45% report food insecurity ranging from worrying about where their next meal is coming from, skipping meals or going without food to eat for entire days.
“Food is a basic need,” said Balderson. “Imagine the insecurity of not knowing where your next meal is coming from and then try to imagine sitting in a college classroom, lecture or hands-on training lab feeling those pangs of hunger.”
Students working hard to accomplish a degree or trade shouldn’t have to worry about how they are going to eat. They deserve the ability to grow and enjoy the learning experience that college has to offer while absorbing the knowledge that will shape their future.
This is just the beginning of the partnership between HHFB and RCC, she said. The future looks bright with the synergy the two organizations can create by working together toward a cohesive community.