MCC Faculty Helps Hungry and Struggling Students

MESA, Ariz. – Sept. 24, 2018 -- Mesa Community College Faculty Senate donated $1,000 to the college’s on-campus pantries, assisting hundreds of a growing number of students facing food and living insecurities. MCC Student Life and Leadership (SL&L) is using the funds, which were donated at the end of the Spring 2018 semesterto purchase much needed food and hygiene supplies for the Mesa Market, located at both the Southern/Dobson and Red Mountain Campuses.

“MCC faculty has always been deeply committed to the success of our students and recognizes that supporting the Mesa Market is a vital part of that commitment,” said Patrice Nango, Faculty Senate president and chair of Philosophy/Religious Studies. “The donation on behalf of our faculty will provide critical, tangible aid to the many students who struggle with food insecurity on both our campuses. We are pleased to assist in the important work carried on by MCC Student Life.”

“Student Life & Leadership would like to extend our gratitude to our faculty for their generosity in recognizing this important service on our campus,” said Erica Horihan, coordinator of SL&L on the Red Mountain Campus. “The Mesa Market is used by an increasing number of students as awareness of the service grows. We rely primarily on donations from our campus community, including from students, and all contributions are greatly appreciated.”

Kris Bliss, director of Student Services and faculty in Education Studies, pointed out that addressing food insecurity is one of the many ways the college reaches out to help students succeed. The Mesa Market as well as many other SL&L programs and events heavily rely upon MCC student participation, giving them opportunities to develop leadership abilities and learn to engage in community service.

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Publication Date: 
Monday, September 24, 2018