New Food Pantry Supports Student Success
NHTI – Concord’s Community College is dedicated to supporting students along their education and career pathways; and, this often means addressing the challenges they face that go well beyond the classroom. Despite financial aid and grants, today’s students are struggling with so much more from job pressures, family stresses, homelessness and transportation problems to mental health needs. And, their struggles include food insecurity.
Understanding that students cannot possibly learn and feel confident in sustaining their work and education plans while also experiencing hunger, the idea of a Lynx Cupboard was born in 2019. A former supply closet became a place where students could grab a quick snack or even some personal hygiene supplies. All items were donated with much of the supply initially coming from faculty and staff. It quickly became apparent that the small cupboard was not adequate to meet the student needs.
With the support from the NH Higher Education Loan Corporation, the Concord Junior Service League, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, the Concord Co-op, and NHTI’s Student Senate, NHTI was able to transform the Cupboard into the Lynx Pantry. The space houses a refrigerator, freezer and both perishable and non-perishable healthy food options. NHTI is extremely grateful to the community support that has helped move this project from a shelf-stable cupboard for snacks, to a fully-functioning pantry stocked with nutritious options.
On Friday, November 13 at 11 a.m. via Facebook Live, NHTI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly expanded NHTI Lynx Pantry. Due to COVID-19, at this time, the NHTI Lynx Pantry offers drive-up access only in the Little Hall parking lot on Mondays 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and Fridays 8-10 a.m.
Community members, restaurants, businesses, and service groups who wish to help support our student food pantry through in-kind or cash donations may give online at https://givenhcc.org/where-to-give/nhti/ or contact Laura Scott, director of Alumni and Development at [email protected] or 603-271-6484 ext. 4239.
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NHTI – Concord’s Community College
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