Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) has opened a food pantry for students challenged by food insecurity.
With funding from the New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant, the food pantry will open once per week out of a discreet location in Votta Hall. The college’s Service-Learning scholars will staff the pantry and distribute the food to any student with a current student ID.
“National data show that 25 percent of community college students do not have enough to eat, which hurts their ability to succeed and graduate,” said RCBC President Dr. Michael A. Cioce. “At Rowan College at Burlington County, we believe that no Baron should go hungry. Students experiencing food insecurity should know that they are not alone and that we are committed to helping them – no questions asked.”
The college, along with New Jersey Office of the Secretary Zakiya Smith Ellis will officially open the pantry with a ceremonial packing of the first bag at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 9 at the pantry.
“As a state, we recognize the challenge of affordability of postsecondary education includes more than just tuition and fees. Students face additional hardships that include food or housing insecurity, childcare and transportation,” said Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis. “In order to help students be successful, we need to address these expenses as well, and we’re excited to see Rowan College at Burlington County recognize and address the needs of their students by opening a food pantry.”
The food pantry, located in Votta Hall by parking lot #2, will open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It offers an exclusive exterior entrance that students can privately access. Information about the pantry can be found at rcbc.edu/food-pantry.