Dallas College announced the food pantries located on each of its seven campuses will officially reopen on July 12.
Warehouses, which debuted in 2019, closed 14 months ago as COVID-19 gripped North Texas. This meant a new difficulty for students who needed help to provide a basic need – food.
“What we found through all the statistics was that our students were hungry. And of course, you know, if you’re hungry, if you’re focused on your next meal, how can you focus on the study? And how can you? “to be successful? So we wanted to open food pantries on each of the campuses to remove that barrier from our students so they could come once a week and do their grocery shopping.” said Cathy Edwards, United Dean of Needs and Basic Care at Dallas College.
When the pantries closed, she opened the door to something new. Dallas College and its longtime partner North Texas Food Bank set up mobile pantries on all seven campuses to feed students and families in the community. There were many days when the line stretched for miles.
“We have provided, since March 2020, over three million pounds of food. So there was such a need,” Edwards said.
And nurturing that need in the community will continue as Dallas College brings the cellars back to campus.
“The panthers and mobile food distributions we have are intentional for members of our community as they try to get back to finding jobs or finding their next meal. So it will continue as part of the service we provide. at Dallas College, “said Carlos Cruz, Dean of the Student Care Network at Dallas College.
As students return to camp, they will find their pantry reopened, refilled – and ready to help when they return on foot.
“And all our students are trying to improve themselves, they are trying to make a new life for themselves, for their families, for their children. So it is absolutely essential that we have these basic needs in available to our students to remove those barriers and create success, ”Edwards said.
For student pantry locations and hours, go here.
For mobile food pantries hosted by North Texas Food Bank, go here.
Edwards invites those who come for food to stay a bit.
“Not just coming to get the right food? But come through the doors. Come get an education. Come see what we have,” she said. “Now is the time for a rebuild. We really need to focus on rebuilding life, getting those skills, finding the best jobs, able to support themselves.”