Meeting a need for students at Student Life: Fuel Pantry

Are you feeling hungry? Tulsa Community College, in partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, is dedicated to supporting student success by addressing a major issue: food insecurity.

Student Life is offering food to help students during the day and addressing a need faced by some students. Food insecurity is defined as any person who currently lacks food security. (Photo by Chase Goza)

Any currently enrolled student is eligible to utilize the Fuel Pantry, which is conveniently located at Student Life on every campus. Leon Yang, a TCC student who volunteered at the Fuel Pantry states, “I see good opportunities for people who don’t have access to groceries. I think it’s a good opportunity for people to get things they need. They’re able to take things home, we just must write it down and document it as well. It helps quite a lot of people.”

The Fuel Pantry is available on campuses Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Nonperishable food items are provided, such as soup, ready-to-eat meals, vegetables, fruits, ramen, pasta, beans, and more. Essential toiletries, including toothpaste, soap, feminine hygiene products, and shampoo, are also available.

The products offered at the Fuel Pantry are sourced through generous donations from campus food drives and various other contributions. The Fuel Pantry at Student Life welcomes students to gather the resources they need to succeed at school and at home. In a study by the National Center for Education Statistics in 2023, its research indicates that 22.6% of undergraduate students reported low or very low food security. This means that 3.9 million undergraduates experience food insecurity.

Among undergraduate students, the topic of food insecurity is highest at community colleges (23.4%) than at public and private non-profit four-year institutions (20.9% and 18.8%, respectively). (Photo by Chase Goza)

TCC knows these facts, which is why the Fuel Pantry is here to assist college students’ day-to-day living and to support them through their studies by providing non-perishable food items and hygienic products. For more information, visit Food Pantry

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