Recently, the CCS Foundation team heard that the Student Food Pantry at the Adult Education Center on Monroe needed a little support.
Those CCS Foundation community members who have been with us a few years now might remember the AEC pantry as the focus of several of our Giving Tuesday campaigns! It seemed fitting that this giving season, we were able to kickstart some renewed support for the students at our Monroe Center.
First, our team hosted a building-wide food drive during the month of October. We collected donations from so many folks at our Riverpoint One building.
Then, staff have taken turns running a weekly shift at the food pantry. We’re booked all the way until the start of spring.
We partner with staff at the Monroe Center, like Building Manager Melisa McNabb. Melissa helps students select the items they’d like for their order based on what’s available in the pantry.
The Foundation team then packs and weighs each order, so that we can track our impact over the year.
Popular items have included coffee, creamer, spaghetti sauce and noodles, and canned fruit. Our team even took a trip to buy bulk items for the students as they head into the holiday break season.
We are so excited to be able to help students in this way every week, and we have so much gratitude for our colleagues who reached out to us about this amazing project. Together, we make potential possible!