The Richland College Food Pantry donated more than one ton of food to the North Texas Food Bank in our service area. The 101 boxes of food, totaling 2,902 lbs., were brought to the Network of Community Ministries in Richardson on Apr. 20.
“Thank you for the tremendous contribution of 2,902 pounds of non-perishable food from Richland College’s Food Pantry to the Network of Community Ministries in Richardson!” said Kay Eggleston, president of Richland College. “Amidst so much uncertainty for so many students and families in our community, this donation, and the assistance of Facilities Staff to make it happen, exemplify our enduring Thunderduck spirit. I am uplifted by knowing that our hearts will always be larger than any challenge we face. Many thanks to all for this tremendous team effort.”
The food delivered included:
- 43 boxes of peanut butter, with 12 jars in each box
- 4 bags of white rice
- 13 boxes of Cup Noodles
- 18 boxes of macaroni and cheese
- 4 boxes of peach snacks
- 9 boxes of beef soup
- 6 boxes of beans cans
- 4 boxes of potato flakes
All seven of the DCCCD colleges are sending their food bank food to other food banks and community partners in the area to help those who are hungry during the COVID-19 crisis. With campuses currently shut down because of the pandemic, and with no students around to patronize the food banks, the decision was made to clear the shelves and help the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth community.
Thanks to the Facilities Services colleagues who helped move the boxes of food and all the Thunderducks who have donated food to the Richland Food Pantry!
Students in Visiting Scholar Mary Wood’s Honors English class at Richland College will make real-world connections between their coursework and the local community when they host a food drive Oct. 21-Nov. 14.
The food drive will kick off with a screening of “A Place at the Table,” a documentary film that investigates hunger in America and proposed solutions to the problem. The screening will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in room SH118 in Sabine Hall and is free and open to the public.
“In class, I want to focus on how we can use writing to address and remedy social issues in America,” said Wood. “I am using the film to highlight the national issue of food insecurity while also opening a discussion of how this insecurity affects the Dallas area. Students will also look into other local issues to gain a better understanding of our local community and how they can use their writing to enter a dialogue about these issues.”
Richland College’s Honors Academy and the Office of Student Life will be assisting the students in the food drive that will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.
“It’s important to keep in mind that many people in our community are struggling to feed themselves and their children,” said Honors Academy Coordinator Kathleen Stephens. “The food drive is one way to help reduce food insecurity in our area and be mindful of those who need help. The Honors Academy and the Office of Student Life are delighted to partner with Mary Wood on this important project. Richland College students and the surrounding community can really help make a difference.”
Food drive organizers are hoping to meet a goal of collecting at least 250 non-perishable, nutritional food items during the drive. Acceptable donation items include granola bars, low-sodium vegetables and soups, canned tuna or chicken, peanut or almond butter, fruit rolls, whole grain crackers, brown rice and more. Glass containers will not be accepted.
Anyone interested in donating items may drop them off at one of the following locations on the Richland College campus: Honors Academy offices (El Paso Hall, room E056); Access Office (Alamito Hall, room A110); World Languages, Cultures and Communications office (Lavaca Hall, room L208); Multicultural Center (Thunderduck Hall, room T150); Richland Collegiate High School office (Crockett Hall, room C179); LEAD office (Crockett Hall, room C243) or the Office of Student Life (El Paso Hall, room E040).