Nourishing Bodies and Minds
Students, faculty and staff at Kirtland Community College gathered today for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of a Student Food Pantry which provides important resources to Kirtland students in need. The food pantry is located in the lower level of the Administration Building on the Roscommon Campus. Kirtland students will have access to the pantry every Wednesday and Thursday during the third week of the month from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with the pantry officially opening to students on Wednesday, March 21st.
Kirtland Community College faculty and staff will continue to gather and accept non-perishable food items in order to maintain a food pantry on a long-term basis. The Student Food Pantry, whose motto is “Nourishing Bodies and Minds,” provides a much-needed resource for any student who is having trouble making ends meet while pursuing an education at Kirtland.
Since initially collecting 330 pounds of food in February, additional donations of 1,870 pounds bring the grand total to 2,200 pounds of non-perishable food and personal care products provided to successfully stock the Student Food Pantry. Kirtland Community College Student Services staff member Jo Ann Gave has been instrumental in making the food pantry a reality on campus, and reminds Kirtland employees and other interested community members to continue supporting the Student Food Pantry. “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,” says Gave.
Kirtland Community College will continue to accept donations of non-perishable food items, personal care products, and tax deductible donations by check made out to the Kirtland Community College Foundation indicating “Food Pantry” in the memo line. 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.
Kirtland provides open access to education and cultural opportunities to enrich the lives of the people in Northern Michigan. The faculty and staff of Kirtland seek to offer higher education in a student-focused environment, providing transfer and career technical programs; developmental studies; workforce development; personal enrichment and cultural opportunities.