Written by | Tristan Pinter |
In the United States, about 45 million people live below the poverty line, but students at Amarillo College have the opportunity to get help getting to the next paycheck. The AC Pantry was founded by Lynaé Jacob, the department chair for the communications and theatre. It helps students who find themselves in a situation where they have to choose between eating or getting to school. Students can visit the pantry twice a month.
“We want to eliminate the situation where a student is forced to choose gas or food,” Jordan Herrera, the coordinator of social services, said. The AC Pantry is currently open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is very popular, according to Herrera. It is located currently in Parcells Hall
After April first, it will move to a new location on the first floor of the Ware Student Commons. Once moved, the hours of operation will be adjusted to Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Non-perishable donations are accepted and appreciated,” Herrera said. “We would love to see more people utilizing this option at the AC Washington, East and West campuses.”