College of the Canyons food pantry helps students in need

by Michele Lutes 0

College of the Canyons’ Food for Thought food pantry is open to students, to help those who are at risk of homelessness and hunger.

College Assistant Christopher Hopgood attended a club meeting last year, where he found out over 200 students on the College of the Canyons campus were declared homeless.

“That was alarming to me, and I realized if their were 200 declared it may be more,” Hopgood explained.

The Associated Student Government and campus clubs raised awareness last year through a campus wide food drive.

The food pantry is always accepting donations.

Items that can be donated include, but are not limited to:

Food:
-Non-Perishable Foods (Please include Vegan and Organic options!)
-Canned Dog and Cat Food
-Pull Top Canned Tuna & Chicken
-Pull Top canned Fruits, Vegetables, Soup,Pasta
-Peanut Butter, Jelly
-Individualized Instant Cereals, Oatmeal Cups, Cereal Boxes
-Individualized Nuts, Trail Mix, Granola Bars, Dried Fruit, Cereal Bars
-Individualized Crackers Packets
-Pull Top Apple Sauce, Fruit Cups, Mixed Fruit Cups
-Individualized Macaroni & Cheese Cups, Cup O Noodle Ramen

Clothing:
-Jeans
-Sweatshirts
-Coats
-Socks
-T-shirts

Toiletries:
-Toilet Paper
-Baby Wipes
-Shampoo
-Body Wash
-Conditioner
-Toothpaste
-Toothbrushes
-Tampons, Pads, etc.

Cosmetics:
-Lipstick
-Lip Gloss
-Eye Shadow
-Mascara
-Eyeliner

The food pantry is open for donations Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m..

More resources are also available for students in need.

“There is a lot more people in the Santa Clarita Valley that are wiling to do what it takes to help the pantry, maybe they just don’t know about its yet,” said Hopgood.

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