The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement brought the fight to hunger’s doorstep by initiating an awareness campaign in the midst of Hunger Action Month.
The office teamed with Albertsons and Tom Thumb Sept. 17-21 for its new program “An Apple a Day to Keep Hunger Away.” Through this exclusive Brookhaven College opportunity, volunteers distributed 328 free apples on campus to students and staff in an effort to reduce immediate hunger and to spread the word about the Phi Theta Kappa Food Pantry, according to Andrew Deibert, Service Learning and Community Engagement coordinator.
Apple a Day also measured the hunger needs of students with a quick survey. Of the 177 students polled, roughly one in four had experienced hunger and had faced food instability in the past 30 days.
Food instability can include:
Hunger affects millions of Americans every day, according to Andrew.
Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, located in the Student Life Office, Bldg. S, Room S201, will be accepting food and monetary donations for the Phi Theta Kappa Food Pantry throughout the semester.
If you or anyone you know is in need of food assistance, please contact Sheri Van Court, ESOL professor and PTK chapter advisor, at 972-860-4683 or sVancourt@dcccd.edu.