L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn's Office Awards $10,000 Grant to El Camino College Student Food Bank
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L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn's Office Awards $10,000 Grant to El Camino College Student Food Bank

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn's office recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the El Camino College Warrior Pantry to assist in efforts that help students facing food insecurities.  

The substantial grant will be used to ensure the pantry shelves are stocked with nutritious food items and will support events where students receive hot meals. The recent funding follows a previous $10,000 grant from Supervisor Hahn’s office this past spring. 

“Many of our community college students are struggling with homelessness and food insecurity,” said Supervisor Hahn. “While we are working to expand affordable housing options for students, the Warrior Pantry is an incredible resource at El Camino College. With the pantry shelves full, students can worry less about where their next meal is coming from and focus instead on their studies.”

Since opening in October 2017, ECC’s Warrior Pantry has helped students achieve academic success by offering supplementary food items. Many students face serious financial challenges and often find it difficult to support themselves while also paying for college. Research shows that students without proper nutrition can have trouble focusing on class work and often worry about where they will find their next meal. 

The Warrior Pantry is open to all currently enrolled ECC students and served more than 775 students with 3,326 total visits during the 2018-19 academic year. These figures represent a 74% increase in the number of students served compared to the previous year. 

“The Warrior Pantry is one of multiple El Camino College programs in place to close equity gaps and provide student-centered support,” said El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney. “Thanks to this significant grant from Supervisor Hahn’s office, we can continue to assist students in need so they can achieve their educational goals.”

The Warrior Pantry relies on donations, which come from the community, college employees and area businesses. Earlier this year, the multinational Sugar Foods Corporation donated 43 pallets of food items such as oatmeal, nuts, and dried fruit. Last year, El Segundo Middle School eighth graders launched a food and toiletry drive for the Warrior Pantry during the winter holiday season, and seafood company Chicken of the Sea made a generous 500-pound donation to the Warrior Pantry.

Donations to the Warrior Pantry are accepted year-round in an effort to keep the shelves stocked. Needed items include healthy snacks such as granola bars, fruit cups, oatmeal, and nuts; canned goods with easy-pop tops, including canned fruit, tomato sauce, canned pasta, canned chili, canned tuna, and canned chicken; and soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, and lotion. 

Located on the El Camino College campus in room PHYS 116, the Warrior Pantry doubled its hours of operation this semester and is now open Monday through Thursday. For operating hours, additional information or to learn where to donate food and toiletry items, view: http://www.elcamino.edu/student/studentservices/warriorpantry/. Monetary donations can be made via the following link: https://www.elcamino.edu/foundation/donate.aspx; choose “Warrior Pantry” under “Designation.”

September 17, 2019