Hope Villages of America To Partner with St. Petersburg College To Combat Food Insecurity
Hope Villages of America along with St. Petersburg College is coming up with a food pantry to combat food insecurity among students and others.
Millions of college students in the United States are dealing with food insecurity and are struggling to afford even necessities. The research conducted reveals that 30% of college students experience food insecurity along with rising tuition fees, housing costs, and accessibility to food.
Consequently, Hope Villages of America is coming forward to address food insecurity among college students. The nonprofit organization has partnered with St. Petersburg College to stock food pantries and food banks. Hope Villages managed to deliver 100 boxes of food to the college campus.
Initially, the nonprofit partnered with the SPC to host mobile food pantries and bring loads of food items for college students, faculty, and communities.
The college’s food pantries are not only meant for students and faculties but are also open to the public. Due to this, the food pantries have been so busy that the college is required to hire full-time staff to keep pace with the growing demand.
A new component of the food pantry is to provide canned fruits and vegetables, boxed foods, and shelf-stable products in a way that ensures that the ones using the food pantry can maintain their dignity during difficult times.
The collaboration between Home Villages of America and St. Petersburg College is making efforts to alleviate the challenge of food insecurity.
The partnership between St. Petersburg College and Hope Villages of America highlights the importance of collaboration in meeting the comprehensive needs of college students. This joint effort aims to create an inclusive environment where individuals can succeed irrespective of their financial background. By pooling resources and networks of care, HVA and SPC leaders aspire to set an example for addressing systemic challenges and paving the way for all residents to achieve their maximum potential.
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Last Updated: September 20, 2021