In a unique first, Thomas Nelson Community College opened a food pantry at its Hampton campus in partnership with the Peninsula Food Bank. The College can potentially distribute more than 26,000 pounds of food over the next year through the partnership.
Called the Care Team Cupboard, the new pantry is located in Griffin Hall’s room 221Q and will provide non-perishable food for students and College personnel who are in need.
Thomas Nelson President John Dever along with Peninsula Food Bank’s Agency Services Director Katie Patrick and its Chief Executive Officer Karen Joyner were on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening on Sept.18. Representing the Care Team, Student Services Dean Betsy Harrison and Disability Support Services Coordinator Richard Hurst joined the festivities along with Cynthia Callaway, Executive Director of the Educational Founation.
The Care Team Cupboard will operate 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday with additional 5 – 7 p.m. service on Thursday. Service hours may be altered depending upon supply and demand, noted Student Services Dean Betsy Harrison. Anyone interested in volunteering at the Care Team Cupboard may visit Griffin Hall’s room 201 to sign up.
Like the Peninsula Food Bank, the campus food pantry will not turn away anyone from the College who seeks service. Patrons will not have to provide documentation of need and can simply sign in with their name, ages of those whom the food is for and whether or not the person is a veteran, said Harrison.
Monetary donations to Thomas Nelson’s Educational Foundation will sustain the food pantry. To support the Care Team Cupboard with a financial contribution to the Foundation, visit www.tncc.edu/foundation.
Additionally, proceeds from AmazonSmile will also support the cupboard. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com and select Thomas Nelson Educational Foundation as your charitable organization. Click here to start using AmazonSmile.
Thomas Nelson established its Care Team comprised of administrators, faculty and staff in fall 2016 to foster a caring culture and address several needs. The group meets once a month. Its next meeting is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 in Hampton campus’ Diggs Hall room 158 and room 110 t the Historic Triangle campus. Everyone is invited to attend.
During its first year, the Care Team created a Thomas Nelson Resource Guide. Accessible here, the guide identifies services throughout the Peninsula that can help meet students’ needs.