• MHCC Foundation raising funds to provide meals to hungry students for #GivingTuesday

    More than 3,400 full-time students face challenges with food insecurity.

    GRESHAM, Ore. – The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Foundation is leveraging the #GivingTuesday campaign to raise funds and provide quick meals and fresh fruits and vegetables for students who do not always know where their next might come from.

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    More than 3,400 full-time students identify as facing challenges with food insecurity, according to a survey administered by the college. Many of these students rely on Barney’s Pantry, (MHCC’s campus food pantry) located in the student union.

    Barney’s Pantry works in conjunction with the Oregon Food Bank and is a resource for food or personal hygiene items. Tylor Moua, who is studying business entrepreneurship at MHCC, leans on the pantry when he needs to keep his mind on his classes and not his hunger.

    “I get extremely tired when I haven’t eaten. Having Barney’s Pantry keeps my mind off of my hunger and on my studies,” he said.

    Tylor’s story is just one of many. That is why the MHCC Foundation is asking for donations this #GivingTuesday that will help the college provide one, two or even three quick meals for students in need.

    To do this, we need your help raising:

    • $6,810 to cover one quick meal for each of these students, or
    • $13,620 to cover two quick meals, or
    • $20,430 to cover three quick meals

    The first $10,000 donated as part of our #GivingTuesday campaign will be matched thanks to the MHCC Foundation and MHCC President Dr. Lisa Skari.

    “Studies have shown that an estimated 48% of community college students face food insecurity. We are striving to address this on our campus so no student has to make the choice between getting an education and getting their next meal,” Dr. Skari said.

    About #GivingTuesday:
    #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The movement is meant to kick off the charitable giving season and will take place on December 3, 2019 this year.