The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma has partnered with Tulsa Community College to launch the pilot phase of its Campus Pantry Program at the TCC Metro campus. According to food bank officials, the program is based on research that suggests food-insecure students often struggle with academics, establishing social connections and adapting to a changing environment.
An on-campus pantry of shelf-stable foods allows students to receive food assistance conveniently and confidentially when they need it. The pantry is run by employee volunteers and work-study students, providing meal components such as fruits, vegetables, protein and grain items.
Another component to the program helps students access Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and other community resources.
Later this year, the food bank plans to expand the campus pantry program to two more TCC campuses and two Tulsa Technology Center campuses.