MDC Student Food Pantries Get Boost with Donation from The Batchelor Foundation

Miami, May 6, 2019The Batchelor Foundation is supporting the Miami Dade College (MDC) Student Food Pantries, expanding its inventory to help more students in need, thanks to a $40,000 donation. The funds will help replenish supplies at all locations across the College.

The MDC Student Food Pantries, which stock nonperishable foods, toiletries and, when available, fresh produce, provide a means for college students to stay focused on their studies despite financial hardships. The program began at MDC’s North Campus in 2013, and today, about 8,000 low-income students are regularly utilizing eight food pantries across the College’s campuses. With approximately 100,000 low-income students attending MDC each year, the need far outweighs what pantries are currently able to provide.

“This funding will help us sustain our MDC student food pantries and, in turn, ensure that students do not just start college but complete degrees,” said Sarah Garman, a faculty member who started the first student food pantry at North Campus in 2013. “The dividends to our community are vast.”

“This will have an immediate impact on students facing food insecurity,” added Mark Cole, vice president of advancement and executive director of MDC Foundation. “We are grateful for The Batchelor Foundation’s gift because it provides essential support and sustainability to students who need it most.”

To donate to the MDC Student Food Pantries, visit:

MDC Foundation contact: Alyssa Zamora, director of communications and digital engagement, 305-237-3331,