Central Lakes College was awarded a $3,000 microgrant to support its campus food pantries from Swipe Out Hunger, a national nonprofit committed to ending college student hunger.
CLC was one of only 17 colleges nationwide to receive a microgrant in this first cycle of Swipe Out Hunger’s inaugural campus pantry microgrant fund.
“The Swipe Out Hunger grant gives us the opportunity to continue to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for our students,” said Erich Heppner, CLC Director of Student Life. “Perishable food items can be challenging to come as they’re not often donated. As a result, this grant allows us to go to our local grocery stores and purchase the fresh produce that we need. We believe that if students eat well, they will study well.”
Rachel Sumekh, Founder and CEO of Swipe Out Hunger, said “Beyond best practices and a community of support, campus pantries made clear to us that increased funding was the most impactful way they could better support students’ basic needs. We are thrilled to help colleges across the U.S. strengthen their pantries, and we’re even more excited to learn how, with some additional support, campus pantries can better meet students’ needs.”