Durham Tech receives grant to support food insecure students

The Durham Tech Campus Harvest Food Pantry has grown significantly from its single shelf operation in 2013 to now serving more than 500 students annually with over 28,000 pounds of food.

Last month, the Durham Tech Foundation received a $5,000 grant from Publix Super Markets Charities, which will support the College’s efforts to provide sustainable, healthy options to students in need. Funds will purchase food pantry supplies for food insecure students allowing them to focus on their educational goals.

The food pantry serves the campus as part of the College’s commitment to student persistence and success, said Erin Riney, Director of the Center for College and Community Service.

“Students have difficulty being successful if they are skipping meals or worrying about where their next meal is coming from.  We’re so thankful that Publix recognizes how critical our pantry services are for the more than 500 students we serve each year,” Riney said. “This grant will allow the school to maintain a steady supply of produce and healthy food options for the school year.”

Publix has a longstanding tradition of supporting community needs with special focus on youth, education, reducing hunger, and alleviating homelessness. The College is honored to partner with Publix to serve students in Durham and Orange counties by reducing hunger on campus.

The College partners with local food banks and community groups, as well as hosts annual student food drives, and organizes monthly employee sponsorships to support needs on campus. The pantry seeks to educate and empower students on healthy, nutritional meal preparation in addition to providing resources and support when needed.  The food pantry also serves shoppers’ family members, housemates, and children.

If you are interested in volunteering at the food pantry or other volunteer opportunities at Durham Tech, please contact Jes Dormady 919-536-7200, ext. 8194 or dormadyj@durhamtech.edu.