Barney’s Pantry Gives Students a Helping Hand
Posted: August 24, 2012
Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is dedicated to the success of students, even when their growling stomachs make it hard to concentrate on their classes.
Barney’s Pantry, named for the MHCC mascot St. Bernard, is a food pantry operated by the Associated Student Government (ASG) of MHCC. Through the service, students can receive up to three items of food or hygiene products once a day for free.
“We target students who can’t afford to purchase a meal or snack,” says William Miller, ASG president, “and we try to take a holistic approach to the foods we choose.” This includes snacks such as crackers and trail mix, as well as integral parts of home cooked meals like pasta and pasta sauce. Soap, shampoo and other toiletries are also available.
Barney’s Pantry is supported by ASG and funded in part by student fees. Donations of both food and money are also accepted to help support the service.
According to Miller, about 25 people visit the pantry each day. “When people know about this service, they jump on it. I’ve only heard good things about the pantry,” says Miller.
“MHCC really is a family, and families help each other when times get tough," he continues. “I’ve had several students come to me in distress, unsure where their next meal will come from. At the end of the day it’s wonderful to know you can help someone with such a simple service.”
Barney’s Pantry is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Monday-Thursday 5 – 7 p.m.
By Teresa Lane