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The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the new Ram Pantry will be held on Friday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the permanent location on the first floor of the Bookstore Building at Fresno City College.
Hunger should not be a barrier to success for college students. To combat this, the college is opening the Ram Pantry! The mission of the Ram Pantry is to fight student hunger and address food insecurity among FCC students. If a student has gone through the dilemma of having to purchase books or food, they have experienced food insecurity. Food insecurity means not knowing when your next meal will be. It is when an individual has limited access to adequate food.
Thanks to the generous contributions of the Fresno City College faculty and staff, the Ram Pantry has the funding in place to open a permanent location for the first time on December 1. Now, Fresno City College seeks the help of community sponsors to help keep the Ram Pantry stocked and sustained. Local businesses that would like to donate their products are welcomed to do so. Monetary donations are always welcome and can be used to purchase needed food items.
For more information about the Ram Pantry or how to donate, please check out the Ram Pantry webpage for donation and volunteer information.
The Ram Pantry will now distribute food daily, Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m.- 2 p.m., while supplies last. The initial goal is provide food for up to 300 students to start out. Current students with an ASB card are eligible to shop at the Ram Pantry.
Food insecurity means not knowing when your next meal will be or having limited access to food. Nationally, 31 percent of students in college report being food insecure with California being one of the most food insecure states with rates up to 30 percent.
Locally, Fresno is the second most food insecure metropolitan city in the United States with 25 percent of our community unable to consistently put food on the table. Over 11,000 children in Fresno struggle with hunger on a regular basis.
Food insecurities have consequences in the classroom. These students have lower completion rates in obtaining academic certificates, degrees and are the highest risk for dropping out. The Ram Pantry will serve as a resource to help students address food insecurities and help them meet one of their basic needs.
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