FRESH— Food Resources Erase Student Hunger
More than half of all community-college students struggle with food insecurity, according to “The Hidden Hunger on College Campuses” written by Laura McKenna. To help meet that need locally, Wabash Valley College Student Senate launched FRESH, Food Resources Erase Student Hunger, an initiative to ensure WVC students don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.
With assistance from faculty, staff, students and the community, FRESH makes non-perishable food items and other necessities, such as personal products and paper goods, available to all WVC students in need, with no exceptions.
The concept of FRESH was born after faculty members discussed students who had come to them in need. Those couple of students and those incidents sparked concern that there were many more who were not asking for help.
Donations to FRESH
Through individual donations, local organizations and Heartland Worship Center’s Bridges of Hope, FRESH was launched and continues to serve students.
Students needing assistance are asked to bring their student I.D. to FRESH, open in the WVC Bauer Media Center Library Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FRESH is staffed by student volunteers who assist their peers in obtaining goods.
In addition to FRESH, several Grab-n-Go locations are set up around campus for items such as small snacks and breakfast bars.
However, in order to sustain the program, community donations are always welcome. Those wishing to donate non-perishable food, personal hygiene products, or those wishing to make a cash donation may contact Jill Winter, WVC FRESH Faculty Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (618) 263-5123.
Students needing assistance are asked to bring their student I.D. to FRESH. FRESH is located in the WVC Library in the Bauer Media Center.
Tuesdays: 9 – 11 a.m.
Wednesdays: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Fridays: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.