Members of Kirtland Community College’s faculty and staff are gathering non-perishable food items in order to maintain a Student Food Pantry on the main campus near Roscommon. The Kirtland Student Food Pantry, whose motto is “Nourishing Bodies and Minds,” will provide a much-needed resource for any student who is having trouble making ends meet while pursuing an education at Kirtland.
In February, 330 pounds of food were donated during a staff/faculty food drive kick-off event geared at filling a Kirtland van with enough items to successfully stock the Student Food Pantry. Kirtland President Tom Quinn donated a night of dinner and bowling at Fred’s of Roscommon to the employee who donated the most pounds of food during the month-long giving campaign.
Kirtland Student Services staff member Jo Ann Gave has been instrumental in making the food pantry a reality on campus. Gave commended all employees for their generous support, saying, “We gathered 330 pounds of food. Thank you! But we aren’t done yet. We will never be done – or should I say, we won’t be done until our students don’t need us any longer for help. With our current tough economic times, I think that won’t happen for quite a while.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Monday, March 12th at 11 a.m. at the Student Food Pantry, located on the lower level of the Administration Building. Students, employees and community members are invited to attend. Kirtland students will have access to the pantry every Wednesday and Thursday during the third week from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with the pantry officially opening to students on Wednesday, March 21st.
Kirtland and the Student Food Pantry committee members appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity which made this food drive a success. “It is because of team work that this project will succeed,” adds Gave. For more information on the food pantry, how students can access this resource, or how to make donations, please contact Jo Ann Gave at 989-275-5000 ext. 289.