The Food Pantry is Open!!
I am excited to tell you all that we have finally established the Food Pantry for both the Yakima and Grandview Campus, and it will be opening Tuesday, February 1st.
Food Insecurity is an important issue that requires equitable and accessible resources. Forty-one percent of Community and Technical College students have difficulties with food insecurity. A Forbes article stated that in a survey, “nearly 167,000 students nationwide found that 39% of students at two-or four-year schools had experienced food insecurity in the last 30 days.”
We want to support students and bring forward solutions that students can benefit from, bringing us to open a self-sustainable food pantry that is funded by ASYVC. The Student Government and Senate have been in discussion and preparation for a self-sustainable food pantry since 2019. The food pantry was set to open in 2020 but with the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in full force, the opening was postponed. Now the food pantry has been adjusted and made to provide a safe and welcoming environment where all students can have access.
At the food pantry, you will find prepared reusable bags that are filled with non-perishable foods such as canned vegetables, rice, noodles, and other foods. Additionally, there will be toiletries available to those who need personal hygiene products including baby supplies and necessities. No documentation is required to access the food pantry or have access to the available resources.
We would like to thank Dr. Linda Kaminski, the S&A Budget Committee, Miguel Blancas, and Laura Yolo for everything they have done to help get the Food Pantry going. If you have any questions related to the food pantry, please contact an ASYVC officer or advisor. For quick answers or emails, you can email GSCP@yvcc.edu
We hope you enjoy the food pantry, and we are so glad it’s open!! Read more about the Food Pantry hours and more.
YSC Vice President