Recently, Labette Community College received a Securing Local Food Systems Grant for $2,500.
LCC Student Affairs has begun its fifth year of operating the student food pantry. Items for the pantry come from individual and business donations, as well as grant funds.
Kansas has made emergency financial relief available from the federal CARES Act to those who need it most. The Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Task Force has approved more than $130 million in relief funding in the form of grants to eligible businesses effected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The LCC student food pantry began in 2015 as part of a college project to address food insecurities among the college population. In 2019-2020, the pantry helped 213 students, which was an increase of over 30 students (17.5%) despite not being open in April and May. Since fall 2016, the pantry has served more than 610 LCC students. It is open to students Tuesdays and Wednesdays when classes are in session on the Main campus.
Pantry items are also available at the front desk of the Cherokee Center during operating hours.