Lone Star College-Con­roe Cen­ter opens new food pantry early amidst Hur­ri­cane Har­vey af­ter­math

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CON­ROE - Hur­ri­cane Har­vey has taken a heavy toll on Hous­ton and the Lone Star College com­mu­nity. Many stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff had dam­age to their homes, cars and be­long­ings and this loss has spurred Lone Star College-Con­roe Cen­ter to open its on cam­pus Food Pantry early.

“We had planned to have our Food Pantry’s grand open­ing next week, how­ever, Hur­ri­cane Har­vey has given us a rea­son to change plans,” said Jen­nifer Dodd, LSC-Con­roe Cen­ter Testing Cen­ter Co­or­di­na­tor and Food Pantry Or­ga­nizer. “We are ask­ing for spe­cific do­na­tions so we can help those in cri­sis at this time.”

Those look­ing donate can drop off items at 777 Con­roe Park North Drive, Con­roe, TX 77303, room 107.

Items needed are:

Clean­ing sup­plies - brooms, mops, pa­per tow­els, clean­ers, gloves for in­door and out­door work, and trash bags

Baby sup­plies - di­a­pers, food, baby wash, toys, clothes, wipes, and for­mula

Hy­giene items - sham­poo, body wash, de­odor­ant, toi­let pa­per, fem­i­nine needs

Canned or dry food - Canned veg­eta­bles, pow­dered milk, pas­tas and sauces, bread, peanut but­ter and jelly, break­fast items, canned meats, juice and bot­tled wa­ter.

Mone­tary do­na­tions are also ap­pre­ci­ated. Donate to the Mont­gomery County Food Bank by phone 936.539.6686 and re­quest the funds be cred­ited to LSC-Con­roe Cen­ter or donate on­line at mc­food­bank. org/how-to-help and be sure to write Lone Star College-Con­roe Cen­ter in the ‘De­scrip­tion’ on the sec­ond page of the form. This type of do­na­tion is ex­tremely help­ful now and in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture for re-stock­ing the Pantry.

The LSC-Con­roe Cen­ter Food Pantry’s per­ma­nent home is CC100D in the Aca­demic Ad­vis­ing area. It is the sec­ond Food Pantry in the LSC Sys­tem. LSCMont­gomery opened an on cam­pus Food Pantry in 2015. Like the Mont­gomery model Con­roe Cen­ter will work with the LSC Foun­da­tion as a non­profit cor­po­ra­tion and as a mem­ber agency as­so­ci­ated with the Mont­gomery County Food Bank.

The LSC-Con­roe Cen­ter Food Pantry is open to as­sist LSC fac­ulty, staff and stu­dents Tues­days and Wed­nes­days from 1-4 p.m.

“Even be­fore Hur­ri­cane Har­vey we no­ticed the need for an on cam­pus Food Pantry,” said Dodd. “Our stu­dents have fixed ex­penses like rent that do not get any lower, but one of the only things that is flex­i­ble is food and that is not a place to cut back.”

A re­cent study by the Ur­ban In­sti­tute found that ap­prox­i­mately 13 per­cent of stu­dents at com­mu­nity col­leges ex­pe­ri­enced food in­se­cu­rity in 2015.

“We are ex­cited about help­ing those who need it,” said Dodd. “The LSC-Con­roe Cen­ter Food Pantry is ac­ces­si­ble to stu­dents since it is right on cam­pus. We hope those who need help feel they can also bring friends to the ser­vice. We look for­ward to do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity and the hard work of vol­un­teers to keep the Food Pantry run­ning year-round.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the LSCCon­roe Cen­ter Food Pantry, or if you would like to vol­un­teer con­tact, Jen­nifer Dodd at Jen­nifer.O.Dodd@lon­es­tar.edu or call 936-521-4549.

Lone Star College of­fers high-qual­ity, low­cost aca­demic trans­fer and ca­reer train­ing ed­u­ca­tion to 95,000 stu­dents each se­mes­ter. LSC is train­ing to­mor­row’s work­force to­day and re­defin­ing the com­mu­nity college ex­pe­ri­ence to sup­port stu­dent suc­cess. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chan­cel­lor of LSC, the largest in­sti­tu­tion of higher ed­u­ca­tion in the Hous­ton area with an an­nual eco­nomic im­pact of $3.1 bil­lion. LSC con­sists of six col­leges, eight cen­ters, two univer­sity cen­ters, Lone Star Cor­po­rate College and LSC-On­line. To learn more, visit Lon­eS­tar.edu.

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