Ramen and rice and beans don’t always cut it for college students.
Pikes Peak Community College held its first mobile food pantry giveaway last month and handed out 4,500 pounds of food.
Hundreds of students lined up, and supplies ran out in an hour, according to school officials.
On Monday, the college’s PPCC Cares, a social work club working in partnership with Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado, will start passing out 9,000 pounds of free food to students at 11 a.m. at the main Centennial Campus atrium, the easternmost room in the Aspen Building.
“We realized what a huge need there was among our students and decided this needed to be a monthly event,” said PPCC spokeswoman Karen Kovaly.
She cites a report released last year from the Wisconsin Hope Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which showed “two in three community college students are food insecure” and “half of community college students nationwide are housing insecure.”
And a recent Urban Institute study found that from 2011 to 2015, one in five students attending a two-year college lived in a food-insecure household.
PPCC has established a Food Insecurity Fund to help PPCC students and their families. Donations are being accepted at pcc.edu/food-fund.