OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Owensboro Community and Technical College is working to break down a barrier for its students by starting a food pantry.
Thanks to a $2,000 grant from Kentucky Community and Technical College system, which was then matched by OCTC with a fundraiser, students will now have a place to come in case they need extra food.
Officials with the school said they noticed many students asking for food.
“They just can’t afford the food," Andrea Borregard, Dean of Student Affairs, said. "And when students are hungry, they can’t be successful. So we’re really trying to combat that piece and that barrier for students.”
Administrators share that over 70 percent of students are low income, which showed there was a need for the pantry.
“We have a problem on this campus, a potential problem on this campus and we can’t be naive to it and we can’t pretend that it’s just going to go away," Borregard said. "We have a desire and a responsibility to our students to help them be successful.”
The pantry will be stocked with grab and go food as well as toiletries.
OCTC hopes that the food pantry is up and running in just a couple of weeks. They are also hoping for some monetary and food donations.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, you can send a check to the OCTC Foundation office. Food and toiletries donations will be accepted at the Pathfinder Den at the Campus Center building on the main OCTC campus.