Columbia Basin College celebrates new food pantry for students

Students at Columbia Basin College now have access to free food ranging from fresh produce to dried pasta.

A ribbon cutting was held for the school’s new food pantry on Monday, made possible through a partnership with 2nd Harvest. The local food bank distributor provided the produce along with various grains, dairy products, water and more.

“We are committed to the success of all of our students,” said CBC president Rebekah Woods. “But we know that if they are in class and they are thinking, ‘how am I going to get lunch?’ or ‘how am I going to feed my family dinner?’ it’s going to be a distraction.”

According to CBC’s Fall Student Survey, 11 percent of students (824) reported they had experienced going hungry because they could not afford enough food. Nationwide, around 50 percent of students report they have experienced food insecurity.

The food pantry is located in the downstairs of the H Building in the Congress Room.