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2:40 PM / Tuesday September 19, 2017

8 Sep 2017

Manor College opens ‘Bird Feed’ on-campus Food Pantry

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September 8, 2017 Category: Oasis Posted by:

On the initiative of the Student Senate at Manor College, a campus food pantry is now ready to serve.

 

JENKINTOWN, PA — A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that every day, college students across America are struggling with food insecurities.  Last spring, the Manor College Student Senate brought this issue to the attention of the college’s administration. The Manor student body was surveyed, and they uniformly felt that addressing food insecurities was a worthy campus outreach effort.  The college’s mission statement includes: “Manor graduates are prepared to serve society effectively and compassionately.” The campus culture and community at Manor are dedicated to serving students of all capacities effectively, compassionately (and quickly) too!

“We saw the students take an issue of national concern seriously, and we felt strongly that they were doing the right thing and should be supported.”  said Allison Mootz, Dean of Students. “After visiting many local pantries, attending forums on the topic, and speaking with other schools that are servicing their students in the same way, we were able to make it happen. The opening of a food pantry on campus helps to eliminate barriers to degree completion for students and helps them succeed.”

After Mootz’s summer of bringing the pantry together with a number of faculty and staff members, the “Bird Feed” is now open and ready to serve.  It will meet immediate needs by providing a variety of non-perishable food items and basic necessities. The pantry is located in Mother of Perpetual Help Hall on the second floor across from the campus chapel, and will be open Monday – Friday from 8AM – 6PM. 

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“Sometimes folks find it difficult to ask for help.  If a student finds him or herself ready, willing and able to take on the challenges of college, but they’re stomach is growling because they couldn’t have breakfast, then how can they put their minds on what they need to learn?” said Jonathan Peri, President of Manor College.  “We took the need to ask for help out of the equation.  With thanks to student perceptiveness and initiative, we’re addressing a national issue locally.  Our food pantry is wonderful evidence of the kind of partnership our students and staff & faculty community have together on our campus.”

During the summer, the Bird Feed collected hundreds of non-perishable items.  One faculty member bought and donated a new freezer.  Others donated shopping bags and organizational/storage items to make the Bird Feed as accessible and friendly as possible. The administration also secured a recurring donation to the Bird Feed from Panera Bread, which is gifting leftover breads every Wednesday. The Bird Feed will be collecting items and restocking on a regular basis.  Just last week, the Bird Feed received a $500 grant from the WAWA Foundation to purchase food and organizational supplies.

The college is seeking new partnerships with food stores, foundations and nonprofit organizations that would like to help serve the students.  All donations are appreciated and will be used to help combat community food insecurities.  Inquiries and offers of donations and support can be sent to birdfeed@manor.edu.

About Manor College:

Located in suburban Philadelphia, Manor College is America’s only institution of higher education with a Ukrainian heritage.  Manor is a private two-year college, offering more than 30 associate degree programs in Allied Health, Science and Math; Business Technology and Legal Studies; and the Liberal Arts to traditional age and adult students. They are a small college that offers big opportunities and a stellar education–one with small classes full of big thinkers, and a big-hearted community ready to challenge all of their students to reach and grow. Learn more at www.manor.edu

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