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GRCC Students Creating Food Pantry for Peers in Need - Holiday Spirit Continues Even As New Semester Begins

The holiday season has officially ended for GRCC students; the Winter semester is now underway, but the spirit of giving is still alive and well.  GRCC’s Student Congress and Campus Activities Board, along with the Student Life Office, recently installed a new, permanent food pantry that will serve GRCC students in need.

“There is so much need among our own people,” said Ashlee Pipoly, GRCC’s Student Life coordinator.  “The nice thing is that there is also so much generosity among our own people. Employees and students have given us a big boost with donations - even before we officially open in mid-February.”

The pantry will be in the Student Center on GRCC’s main campus, and GRCC students from any of GRCC’s Kent and Ottawa county locations will be able to benefit from it.

“We are excited to see the pantry open soon.  We have had this project as a top priority for over a year,” said Tonja Lofton, GRCC Student Congress President, “Our goal has been to build a service that will continue to help and support our students who are in need for years to come.”

A list of needed items can be found in the Student Life Office.  The food pantry is slated to start serving students February 16.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.