The Hive Supply, RCTC’s campus-based food pantry, is committed to serving it students and has announced that it is still open for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Like anywhere else, COVID-19 is affecting people. Food sources are an essential service,” said Travis Rutt, interim Student Life coordinator. “Grocery stores and food shelves are staying open, restaurants are giving away food to hungry families — this service should not be any different.”
A recent 2019 Real College Survey indicated that food insecurity is an obstacle that RCTC students face, Rutt said, adding that the health and safety of the students is the No. 1 priority.
“[We need to] assist them with finding success this semester. We are here to help anyway we can.”
To comply with current recommendations from the CDC, they’ve created pre-packed brown paper bags with items from the Hive Supply as a grab-and-go option. Students can receive a grab-and-go bag at the Welcome and One Stop Center.
“In each bag has the essentials, non-perishable, nutrient dense food,” Rutt said. “There is pasta, canned protein, canned vegetables, and even some toilet paper. This is consistent with the services larger community food banks are currently providing.”
Students who prefer to visit the Hive Supply on campus are asked to schedule an appointment by contacting Rutt at email@example.com
Additionally, students who are experiencing obstacles that are making it difficult to meet their academic goals can request assistance on RCTC’s website.
Students can share concerns related to basic needs (housing, food, financial, medical, mental health, child care, and others), clarification on official RCTC communication, access to relevant technology, or information on campus services.