GRCC schedules food pickup for its struggling students during coronavirus crisis

March 19, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College students challenged with food insecurity during the coronavirus crisis can pick up bags of food through a drive-by pickup on March 24. 

“We know many students struggle to buy healthy food and other essentials, and those challenges will only increase as businesses close their doors during the crisis,” said Lina Blair, GRCC’s director of Student Life and Conduct.

“We care deeply about our students and want to help. There are things we can do as a campus community, and we also can connect our students with other resources that can assist them through a variety of struggles.”

Bags provided on a first-come, first-served basis and as long as the college has food to distribute. Food will be delivered through curbside pickup on Lyon Street at the brick-paved portion of the north end of Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza.

The event is planned for Tuesday, March 24, from 4-6:30 p.m. Additional dates could be scheduled. 

Much of the food has been donated by GRCC employees as well as the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and GRCC Campus Dining.

People also can support the food pantry by donating the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation. Using the online donation page, look for the designation drop-down menu, and select “Student Food Pantry” or “Student Emergency Fund.”  

The Student Life team also is listing other food resources in Kent and Ottawa counties for students on the GETHELP website, Student Life is collaborating with other campus groups that have been part of a Campus Action Project, including TRIO, the Counseling and Career Center, the College Success Center and others.

The webpage is frequently updated, and includes links to resources for mental health, child care, Internet service, utilities and other challenges.

Grand Rapids Community College offers learners of all ages opportunities to gain credits for degrees or transfer and in-demand career skills leading to rewarding careers. GRCC was established in 1914 – Michigan’s first community college -- and offers affordable classes on weekdays, evenings, Saturdays and online at locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.


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