WCC helps students with food insecurities during COVID-19 pandemic

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — “We have to try to meet their needs,” WCC Public Relations Director Barbara Thompson said.

Wallace Community College recently sent out an electronic survey to its students on how they are panning out during the COVID-19 shutdown.

“One thing that came out that survey were comments from students about food…food insecurity. We realized about 30% of students mentioned some sort of food insecurity,” Thompson said.

In efforts to cure food insecurity, faculty and staff organized a drive for food cards to grocery stores and restaurants with drive-thru services. So far, in the donation box, the college has received more than $1,000 dollars worth of gift cards.

“When our students go off-campus, we realize their life outside of campus has changed as well. They may not have a job if they are working in the restaurant industry they may not be working right now, so we have to consider that,” Thompson said.

In order to receive the donations, there are no specific requirements. All students have to do is reach out to their instructor.

“All they have to do is contact their instructor and express that they want a gift card to a grocery store or restaurant for food. The information will be passed on and then we will mail out cards to them,” Thompson said.

Although this is not the first time the college has came to the rescue for students, Thompson says the mantra for the school is to ‘meet students where they are’ and that is exactly what they are trying to do.

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