CCCC to host food drive

CCCC to host food driveCerro Coso Community College will host a food drive Saturdays, Jan. 11 and 25, to help stock the CCCC food pantry for the upcoming semester.

“Research shows that around 58.7 percent of Cerro Coso students face food insecurities, which means they don’t have reliable, consistent access to food,” said Katie Bachman, outreach director. “That is 9.7 percent higher than the sampled average of other community colleges.”

In response to the growing concern, and the belief that no student should go hungry, Cerro Coso established a Hunger Free Campus pantry in 2017.

“It’s a constant struggle to keep the food pantry stocked,” said Bachman. “We recognize that it will take the entire community to help us in this fight against student hunger.”

She said that food insecurity compromises academic performance and increases the likelihood of missed or dropped classes.

“As more students learn about the program and stop by to pick up food, the pantry also serves as an information system,” she said. “Many students do not know about the resources available, where to get help or how to start.

“Outreach staff coach them about on-campus programs and share literature from local social service agencies and community groups.”

To learn more call 760-384-6353.

Story First Published: 2020-01-10