Running on empty?

July 13, 2016-TIFFANY LARRAZBAL Staff Writer

How many times have you seen the words “college student” and “living large” in one sentence? As college students, we’re constantly looking for bargains or even better, free stuff because financial aid or a low-paying part-time job can only go so far.Times are rough and students often find themselves scraping by for gas and textbooks. Sure, you can find other means of transportation or deny yourself the luxury of your caramel frap this week to save some cash, but what a student should never have to sacrifice are meals.

 Food is our main source of nutrients and energy, without it our body and brain cannot function properly. To put it in simple terms, we need food to survive and unfortunately, too many students in our college community face going to bed on an empty stomach. MCC Service Learning Coordinator, Bea Palmer provide an emergency food pantry program at all three campuses open to enrolled students who forgot their lunch and are in true need of assistance. However, the food pantry is not intended for everyday use. “Along with a sack lunch, students will also receive a list of community resources for ongoing help,” stated Palmer.

 Students, staff and faculty may support this program by donating canned goods and packaged foods such as: soups, granola bars, pasta and pasta sauce, canned meats and tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and applesauce. For access to the emergency food pantry, stop by Health Services on the San Elijo and Oceanside campuses, and the front desk at the Community Learning Center.