RCC Foundation Hosted Food Giveaway
The Robeson Community College Foundation is an organization known for its philanthropic efforts to bring people together to help each other.
Both were on display in the Robeson Community College ADL Auditorium parking lot on Friday, May 8th where the Foundation set up a drive-through food giveaway for students, faculty, staff and community members. The event had a steady stream of vehicles, as campus volunteers loaded the food packages into vehicles. The event helped provide food to 350 area families.
The RCC Foundation Office raised over $4,000 dollars in just over 2 weeks, in addition to receiving generous donations from Mountaire Farms, Rempac Foam, LLC. and Campbell Soup Supply Company of Maxton. Mountaire donated 80 boxes of chicken, Rempac Foam donated over 500 Lysol cleaning pads, and Campbell Soup Supply Company 1000 pounds of canned goods.
At a time when COVID-19 has caused economic uncertainty for many, RCC Foundation Director, Rebekah Lowry hopes the food give-away will bring some measure of comfort. Lowry stated, “The Robeson Community College family is giving and generous and understands the need to provide comfort in trying times. I am honored to be part of this amazing group of people.”
According to a recent article from University Business magazine, food insecurity is rising on college campuses and a growing number of students, as well as some faculty and staff, have many concerns about where their next meal will come from making it difficult to focus on studies or work. Community colleges are particularly affected by food insecurity. Many students, like those at RCC, are from lower-income families and have to hold down jobs in addition to going to school. Additional UB data, indicates that the number of food-insecure community college students exceed the national average, which is unfavorable to grades and attendance.
President Singler stated, “Thank you to everyone who donated to the food drive. Whether you donated money, time, food or goods, please know that you made an immediate and positive difference in the lives of our students, employees and community members.”