October 1, 2020

CVCC Alumni Association Holds Drive-thru Food Pantry

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) Alumni & Friends Association held a drive-thru food pantry on September 30.  The event involved the preparation and distribution of pre-boxed grocery food items to CVCC students. 

The student service project was called “Cougars Helping Cougars,” as the cougar is the official CVCC mascot. This was the college’s first drive-thru food pantry, where CVCC alumni volunteers worked to help students and their families facing food disparity issues due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

"What an honor it was to serve CVCC students at our drive-thru food pantry on Wednesday. It was a beautiful fall day,” said CVCC Alumni Association President Laurie Gulluscio.  “Not only did we help many CVCC students with groceries, we are also looking forward to the alumni association growing by leaps and bounds through positive events like this.”

CVCC knows that food insecurity is a concern among its students.  According to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, “More than 1 in 5 college students faced food insecurity in the early months of the ongoing pandemic, according to a survey from the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium.” 

Since supplies were limited, CVCC students were asked to submit an email request regarding their need for a food donation. Some excerpt quotes include:

From student S.P., “I attend CVCC online and in-person. It is wonderful how much this college works to help its students. A food donation would be helpful to my family as I have three children, work, and go to school.” 

From student T.D., “I would like to be considered to receive this assistance.  My bills have piled up and I’m just trying to stay ahead without a lot of money.  My income was cut off by unemployment and I have not received a paycheck in weeks so this would help very much.”

CVCC partnered with Kroger to put together the boxes of various food types for easy pickup by car at the Burlington Coat Factory parking lot on Wards Road.

The CVCC Alumni Association is tentatively planning to hold another drive-thru food pantry event in November, as it is a unique and safe way for CVCC students to receive a food donation.

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