Student at food pantry

DCCCD Food Pantries

Every day, students at the colleges of DCCCD wonder where they will find their next meal.

At the Dallas County Community College District, we’re committed to eliminating the barriers to participation and persistence for our students. Food insecurity - or lack of access to nutritional foods - is one of the barriers our students face on a daily basis.

Cuts in governmental support programs, rising food costs, rising education costs, plus limited job options for individuals attending college all contribute to this crisis.

Through our partnership with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), each of our seven colleges has a food pantry on site.The food banks at colleges throughout the district provide essential support to the community.

By donating to one of the seven college food pantries, you can help ensure DCCCD students are never hungry and ensure our pantries have the resources they need to feed our students throughout the year.

 

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Food insecurity stats

*Data from the 2017 Homeless and Hungry study by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab

Help Stop Food Insecurity

Being a student is challenging under the best of circumstances, but it is difficult to be a successful learner when there isn’t enough to eat or you are worried where the next meal will come from.

Food insecurity, a lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy life, is a real problem facing our students. According to the Wisconsin HOPE study conducted in fall 2016, 64 percent of DCCCD students reported “marginal or worse food security” during the previous 30-day period before they took a survey for the study. Twenty-seven percent of DCCCD students reported very low food security, which reflects “multiple indications of reduced food intake and disrupted eating patterns due to inadequate resources for food.”

DCCCD & NTFB Three Layer Approach

DCCCD and the North Texas Food Bank have partnered to help address the issue of food insecurity at our colleges.

To accomplish this goal, we’re using a three layer approach:

Mobile Pantry

A mobile pantry will visit the colleges to provide fresh produce and “Just in Time” options to our students.

Social Service Assistance

An on-site coordinator will help provide assistance to our students applying for SNAP, CHIP, TANF, and Medicaid benefits.

On-Site Pantry Support

Our food pantry provides access to NTFB non-perishable foods.

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