Barney’s Pantry: Students Serving Students
Arielle McClung delivers food
donations collected at the MHCC
bookstore to Barney’s Pantry
The down economy, high unemployment, corporate layoffs – 2010 has been a difficult year for many people in our community. That’s why the Associated Student Government (ASG) at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is lending a helping hand to their fellow students through a program called Barney’s Pantry.
The program is named for the MHCC mascot, a St. Bernard, a breed of dog that is legendary for rescuing people.
Barney’s Pantry rescues MHCC students who are hungry and need a bit of sustenance to tide them over. Any student can take food from the pantry, up to three items per day. ASG keeps the pantry stocked with macaroni and cheese, soup, baby food, juice and lots of other non-perishable foods.
“For many people who attend MHCC, the College is like a family,” says Jonatan Lopez, director of Community Affairs for ASG. “It’s an incredible feeling to see the smiles on students’ faces when they receive their next meal.” In a recent two-week period, Barney’s Pantry served 40 students.
Lopez is leading the campaign to keep Barney’s Pantry loaded with non-perishable food. Bookstore coffee bar customers on the Gresham Campus are invited to leave a “tip” for Barney’s Pantry. In addition, on “Spirit Fridays” the bookstore offers students and MHCC employees a discount on MHCC clothing when they donate one can of food and wear the school colors (red and black).
“We have many hungry and needy students on campus. Unfortunately, some people are really taking a beating from the economy,” says Julie Godat, bookstore manager. “This is an opportunity for the bookstore to partner with ASG on a great cause. MHCC is a place where students can transform their lives and change their destinies – and that’s easier to accomplish when one’s stomach isn’t growling.”
Barney’s Pantry is open to serve MHCC students Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ASG welcomes cash and food donations. For more information, please contact ASG at 503-491-7224. (Students will be on winter break Dec. 11 through Jan. 2.)
STOCKING BARNEY’S PANTRY:
MHCC students Brieanna Cave, Raul
Reyes, Pedro Gaytan and Jonatan Lopez