#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and community collaboration. For the first time, Fresno City College will join the movement with all proceeds benefitting our Ram Pantry. Our goal is to raise $50,000 this year! Your support will increase the Ram Pantry’s purchasing power each week to increase healthy food options for our students.
The Ram Pantry is a free food assistance program for students currently enrolled at the college. The Ram Pantry believes that food insecurity and hunger should not be a barrier to the academic success of our students.
Over 7,243 students have visited the Ram Pantry since it opened. The pantry relies on monetary donations from the community to purchase food each week. Shelves are replenished every three days as students regularly visit each week and sometimes more than twice a week.
This year, State Center Community College Foundation Board President, Gina Cuttone has agreed to match $5,000 for the Ram Pantry. If we can raise $5,000, Gina Cuttone will match us with an additional $5,000 for the Ram Pantry at Fresno City College.
Please join us on Monday, November 26 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon in front of the Bookstore Building for our Presidential Challenge and to celebrate the success of this inaugural campaign! Look for updates on your email and social media.
The Ram Pantry was created in August of 2015 to find ways to support FCC students who were experiencing food insecurity. In January 2016, the Ram Pantry held its first distribution outdoors attracting hundreds of students each week.
The college officially opened a permanent, indoor facility on campus for the Ram Pantry on December 5, 2017. The new facility allows current students easy access to food once a day on weekdays. An average of 260 students visit and receive food every day.
By reaching our financial goal of $50,000, the pantry will be able to expand its buying power to sustain the need for food each week with healthy options. Research shows that one person receiving food assistance in Fresno County impacts an additional five family members. The Ram Pantry has reached a total of 49,400 visits impacting 247,000 community members.
Currently, Fresno is the 5th most food insecure metropolitan city in the US. Nearly 25 percent of city residents are unable to consistently put food on their table. Over 11,000 children struggle with hunger daily (Food Research and Action Center).
Total number of visits: 49,400
Total impact to the community: 247,000
Average number of students served per day: 258.6
Total number of unduplicated students: 7,357
Ways to give:
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