Student Food Pantries Get Boost With $40k DonationHelping feed more MDC students

Students distributing food at MDC

The Batchelor Foundation is helping to feed more Miami Dade College (MDC) students in need, thanks to a $40,000 donation benefiting the MDC Student Food Pantries. The funds will help replenish supplies across the College’s student food pantries.

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,” says 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,” says 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.”

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