Students and staff at Southeast Community College’s Beatrice Campus came out in full force for a fall food drive. Around 2,000 items were donated to the campus’s food pantry.
“October was national Hunger Awareness Month, so we did a food drive in order to stock our food pantry,” said Betsy Anderson, academic advisor at the Beatrice Campus. “We had different groups of students and employees collect food and then build structures of the collected food. Overall, 1,747 food items and 211 non-food items were donated.”
Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford campuses all have food pantries for students who are in need. This is the first time the Beatrice Campus combined the food drive with the food structure contest.
“It’s really heartwarming to see the campus come together, gathering a lot of items for the food pantry and taking part in friendly competition,” Anderson said. “It helps to build community between students and employees.”
Winners of the contest were based on creativity. First place: Ag program; second place: Practical Nursing students; third place: Administration. Anderson said she hopes this becomes an annual event on the Beatrice Campus.