RCTC Food Pantry Wins $25,000 Grant

RCTC HIVE Supply campus food pantry wins $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Grant

A strong showing of community support lifted the Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) Hive Supply’s program into the 2022 State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Top 100, earning the program generous grant funding from State Farm.

“No one should have to choose between going hungry and going to college. But sadly, 35% of students face that difficult choice. We are so grateful for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grant that will ensure our students have regular access to healthy food so they can stay in school, focus on their classes, and earn a degree,” stated Kristin Mannix, Advancement Coordinator for the RCTC Foundation.

RCTC has seen a rapid increase in student use of the Hive Supply over the past year. Each month the College’s Hive Supply continues to set new records for the number of students served. RCTC has been able to reduce the burden of food insecurities for students and their families but needs additional funding to continue.

On November 16th, local State Farm agents Shawn Christensen and David Jorgenson will visit the RCTC campus for the $25,000 check presentation ceremony.

In the first phase of the grant competition, 4,000 communities across the United States nominated special causes that make a positive impact in their neighborhoods. The State Farm Review Committee selected the top 200 finalists. Boosted by thousands of votes from supporters, RCTC Hive Supply was the only Minnesota cause to make the Top 100 to receive a State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grant.