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Community college food pantry helping student parents

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - The food pantry at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids has seen 107 students in just the first two weeks since the 2020 spring semester started.

"It speaks volumes about just how important it is to have a food pantry here on campus," Mialisa Wright said, support services coordinator for Kirkwood said. "Especially when students have been break or may not have been working."

The Kirkwood food pantry is also getting 90% of its inventory from Hawkeye Community Action Program's Food Reservoir, as of 2020. It used to rely most heavily on individual donations and student groups like the Sustainable Garden Club - SEEDS.

Wright says Kirkwood serves a large number of non-traditional students like single parents; making the food pantry all the more important.

"Being able to come in, get cereal, get milk for their kids when they get home, grab-and-go sandwiches to be able to feed them for the evening. Because, they may have been in school all day long," Wright said.

You can learn about donating to the HACAP Food Reservoir here, and about Kirkwood's resources for adult learners here.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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