EL DORADO, Ark. – 2017 December 06
Jolie Warren says being a college student is hard enough, but for some other students having other responsibilities on top of that can be even more challenging.
“It’s hard to work a job, work two jobs, be a full-time student with a family, kids,” said Jolie Warren, Student.
And sometimes the other responsibilities can lead to a lack of money or even food, which is the reason South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado is introducing a food pantry for students to their campus this spring.
“Having this available for our students is going to hopefully boost them in the classroom and also in everyday life.”
Several donation boxes are already up around campus, but come spring dispensaries will begin popping up across the college.
And they are letting students get involved with it, letting them compete to create the design.
“At the same time we’re very aware some might be reluctant to take food in a public place if they don’t want people to know that they are hungry,” said Dr. Jim Bullock, Interim Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Provost. “We still have the career closet, and that will be the center of the operation for someone that wants to go more private.”
But the school’s primary goal is to improve student’s overall well being.
“We all recognize college is challenging, and it requires all our resources and if a student comes to school hungry they’re not going to perform as well,” said Bullock.
And for students like Warren, she says having an option like this speaks volumes for her school.