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LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry Helps Hungry Students on Campus

The LAVC Hunger-Free Campus Initiative is helping our students who are experiencing homelessness and/or are food insecure. The new Helping Hands Food Pantry opened to distribute food to hungry students on Tuesdays and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Campus Center's Monarch Patio, and to assists students in applying for CalFresh. There is also going to be a Rummage Sale benefiting the LAVC Helping Hands Project on October 25 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry Helps Hungry Students on Campus

Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) has launched its Hunger-Free Campus Initiative with the goal to help support students on campus who are hungry and/or food insecure.

The California State Legislature approved funding to provide services that address food security of students pursuant to SB 85. The goal of this "hunger free campus" initiative is to assist students in applying for CalFresh, a  and establish a food pantry on-campus. CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) is a federally mandated, state-supervised, and county-operated government entitlement program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.

As part of the Hunger-Free Campus Initiative, the college has established the LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry that distributes food twice a week to needy students. Working with the non-profit Food Forward, LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry is able to distribute surplus fresh foods and vegetables from local farmers markets to needy Valley College students. It also distributes donations of non-perishable food from the campus community and the public. 

The LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Campus Center's Monarch Patio. It also has a representative available to help students apply for the CalFresh program, a nutrition program that can help households buy healthy foods.

Be a Part of the Plus One Community Effort

LAVC President Dr. Erika Endrijonas has also launched a donation incentive program called the "Plus One" to help keep the LAVC HHP Pantry stocked for Valley College students. Faculty and staff are encouraged to incorporate purchasing food to be donated to the campus food pantry and support needy students on campus.

"We could help a lot of needy students if we each picked up just one extra item during our weekly grocery shopping," said Endrijonas. "Every time an employee brings in a donation to our food pantry, he or she will get their punch card stamped. After you donate twenty times, you get a prize!"

The LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry is looking for the following necessities: water, snacks, pop-top meals (tuna, chicken, Spam, etc.), dry grain (rice, beans, chickpeas, quinoa, oats, lentils, couscous, etc.), jams, peanut butter, ramen noodles, energy bars, dry fruits, canned tomatoes, and jarred marinara.

Donations of other types of non-perishable food are also welcomed, as well as donations to the Helping Hands Project through the LAVC Foundation Office; donate to Helping Hands via the LAVC Foundation website.

One More Way to Support our Needy Students

The LAVC Helping Hands Project is also holding a Rummage Sale on Thursday, October 25 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Monarch Square. The campus community is invited to come and help raise monet to help Valley College students who are experiencing homelessness and/or are food insecure. There will also be goodies, drinks, food and music.

For more information on the LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry or Rummage Sale, contact Emily Mutunda or Ellie Rabani in the LAVC CalWORKs Office at (818) 947-2976.    


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 10/1/2018 5:00:04 PM