Since 2016, Patrick & Henry Community College has hosted Patriot Pantry, a food and hygiene shop for students that is supported solely on donations. Bassett Kiwanis Club was one such recent donor, gifting the pantry funds to purchase items for the start of the fall semester.
“We so appreciate donations for our amazing students. They come in and are just so glad to have these items available to them,” said College Success Program Specialist & SSDL Liaison Lisa Coffey, who has been busy stocking the newly relocated pantry for the start of classes on August 21.
P&HCC students can shop at the pantry for food and hygiene items as well as school supplies once per month based on a points allocation system. They will now visit the pantry, previously located in the Learning Resource Center, in its new location inside of Walker Fine Arts &
Student Center. There, they will find a wide variety of non-perishable food items including grab-and-go meals, pop-top canned food items, and traditionally popular protein bars and shakes.
In the 2022-2023 school year 108 students visited the pantry in the fall and 91 students in the spring. P&HCC staff hope to encourage even more students to make use of the pantry when they’re on campus this academic year.
Community members who are interested in learning more about the Pantry or in making a donation are encouraged to contact Seberina Tatum or Coffey at (276) 638-8777.