Helping the hungry in honor of National Student Day
National Student Day has been traditionally celebrated on the second Thursday of October, but at Portland Community College, its campus-based bookstores will celebrate the day with a week-long food drive instead.
Set to take place Oct. 15-19, the food drive will benefit the college’s “Panther Pantries” and will offer contests, games with prizes and music for those on the campuses to enjoy throughout the week. Open at all four PCC campuses, Panther Pantries help students struggling with food insecurity. Many students experience hunger while juggling the demands of pursuing their education.
Throughout the week, non-perishable food can be dropped off at campus bookstores, and Panther Pantries will get donations to needy students. The most desired foods include peanut and almond butter, rice, tuna, beans (both canned and dried), pasta, whole grain cereal, shelf-stable milk, cooking oil, and canned tomatoes. Homemade or non-commercial canned items cannot be accepted, nor can anything opened or used.
- Baby wipes
- Baby formula
- Baby bottles
- Shelf-stable Baby Food
For more information about Panther Pantries, contact the Student Leadership Managers at each campus:
Kendi Esary, Cascade Campus
Mandy Ellertson, Rock Creek Campus
DeLinda Martin-Huggins, Southeast Campus
Stephen Arthur, Sylvania Campus