Permanent Food Pantry Opens At Harold Washington College

City Colleges hopes to have food pantries at all seven campuses by 2020.

Rob Hart
September 10, 2018 - 12:57 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Students at the City Colleges of Chicago can now take advantage of an on-site food pantry, that organizers say will help take stress off their plate.  

VIPs held Monday a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new, permanent food pantry on the campus of Harold Washington College is collaboration with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

The permanent food pantry is the result of a two year pilot program, where the Greater Chicago Food Depository teamed up with City Colleges to run pop up food pantries at all seven locations.

Students said the food pantries were a tremendous help because between work, class, and studying, they didn't have time to get food or the money to buy groceries.

Sophomore Jessica Teliz said the food pantry has been quite convenient..

"So once I am done with work, I just come down and grab, or whenever I have breaks I can grab it and it will go directly home with my bags," she said. 

Chancellor Juan Salgado said hunger keeps students from reaching their full potential, and taking advantage of the economy.

"This kind of a program helps us to advance that part of our purpose as an institution. Community colleges and City Colleges are engines for inclusive economic growth," Salgado said.

Executive Director Kate Maehr said the pantries provided essential services to students who didn't have the time or the money to get groceries on their own.

"It's about making sure everybody who walks into a City College to learn, to grow, also has the opportunity to be nourished so that they can truly seize their full potential," she said.

The new food pantry is open two days a week. City Colleges and the Greater Food Depository hope to have food panties up and running at all seven City College campuses by 2020.