On May 7th, LCCC C2C Peer Advocates organized a Food Rally on campus for students, faculty/staff, and community members to participate in hunger awareness programming and build stronger campus/community partnerships.
Approximately 20 volunteers contributed over 60 hours of service to the event, with more than 50 attendees. The Food Rally was a wrap-up event to a larger two-week long food drive held at the college by C2C. Rally attendees were asked to bring non-perishable food goods and/or donations as entrance to the event. Most of the food and all of the money collected was donated to the New Life Community Action pantry that provides emergency food to campus and community members. The remainder of the donated food is being stored at the college to help kick-off the new LCCC campus food pantry in the fall. There were many events at the Food Rally including a Food Taste-Off by five LCCC culinary students, who each made sample-sized portions of dishes made with items commonly found in food pantries. The idea was to showcase that food pantry items, like canned goods, peanut butter, etc., can become great nutritional dishes - which can also help end the stigma associated with pantry items.
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