TCC’s student government is launching an initiative to give hungry students a bite to eat. “Food for Thought” provides the lunchtime basics for free during Finals Week, March 17-20.
“We’ll be handing out Ziploc bags with bread, peanut butter, jelly, and a plastic knife, so you can grab one and make it up yourself later,” said Associated Students of TCC (ASTCC) President Beau Jackson.
Jackson and the members of the PB&J Committee started working on the project this fall with the idea that having some basic food freely available on campus would make it easier for students struggling financially to focus on their work – maybe even make them less likely to drop out.
Jackson hopes the initiative will grow beyond a one-time event. He envisions a permanent staff position – perhaps a work-study student – devoted to passing out sandwiches in Buildings 7, 11 and 14.
The TCC Foundation is providing resources and staff time. Student and staff volunteers are pitching in. Community members or organizations wishing to support the effort should contact the TCC Foundation.
ASTCC has a history of supporting initiatives that help students save money and complete their programs. In 2011 ASTCC provided partial funding to develop Open Educational Resources (OER), free and low-cost materials to replace expensive textbooks in high enrollment classes. To date, the program has saved students more than $1 million. An event held in the Student Center March 10 at noon celebrates that milestone, along with Open Education Week.