LCC Student Government Sustainability Coordinator Michael Weed says the idea came about last spring. They call it the Rainy Day Food Pantry.
They toured the University of Oregon’s pantry and surveyed LCC students. Of those surveyed, 85 percent said they would support a food pantry and 31 percent said they would use it.
Weed says an on-campus pantry is a necessity for students, especially after the federal food stamp program, known as SNAP, was cut back at the beginning of the month.
“Just from the first day–we did two soft open days–we had 31 students the first day, and then we had 21 students the second day. Just from those numbers, the only reason we were limited was we ran out of food,” Weed said.
Weed says they’re looking to expand with the help of Food For Lane County. Right now they’re providing students with non-perishable items. The hope is that they can get a fridge in the future.