Patrick & Henry Community College has hosted Patriot Pantry, a food and hygiene shop for students, since 2016 supported solely on donations. Bassett Kiwanis Club was one such recent donor, gifting the Pantry funds to purchase items for the start of the fall semester.
“We so appreciate donations for our amazing students. They come in and are just so glad to have these items available to them,” said College Success Program Specialist & SSDL Liaison Lisa Coffey, who has been busy stocking the newly relocated Pantry for the start of classes on August 21.
P&HCC students can shop at the Pantry for food and hygiene items as well as school supplies once per month based on a points allocation system. They will now visit the Pantry, previously located in the Learning Resource Center, in its new location inside of Walker Fine Arts & Student Center. When they visit the Pantry in its new location, they will find a wide variety of non-perishable food items including grab-and-go meals, pop-top canned food items, and traditionally popular protein bars and shakes.
In the 2022-2023 school year, the Pantry was visited by 180 students in the fall and 91 students in the spring. Staff hopes to encourage even more students to make use of the Pantry when they’re on campus this academic year.
Community members who are interested in learning more about the Pantry or in making a donation are encouraged to contact Seberina Tatum or Lisa Coffey at 276-638-8777.