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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

ACC Opens Food Pantry For Students

ACC Opens Food Pantry For Students

Alvin Community College recently opened an on-campus food pantry to better serve students in need called Food for Change.

The program is a partnership between the college and the Houston Food Bank.

“This provides our economically-disadvantaged students with one less expense to worry about by providing 60 pounds of free food on a monthly basis,” said Marilyn Dement, Vice President of Student Services.

The pantry will provide a wide variety of options for students, she said.

“The on-campus food bank location allows for our students to conveniently shop every two weeks for their choice of nutritional food options from a selection of fresh produce, dairy, meats, and non-perishables,” Dement said.

To be eligible students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be in good academic standing, maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average and must be enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours.

The college has already been offering food to students on an as-needed basis as well as toiletries. Expanding the food pantry offerings for students in need will help them to stay in class and finish their education.

The college has also provided food for students affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“We know that 1 in 6 Texans face uncertainty about having enough to eat and food insecurity is very common amongst college students,” Dement said. “By providing a food bank directly to our less privileged students, more of their focus can now be directed toward their college success with fewer concerns about where their next meal may be coming from.”

For more information about the eligibility requirements of the program, e-mail For more information about toiletries, email

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