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Yavapai College faculty competes, students with food insecurity win

YC faculty, staff and students display some of the nearly 421 items collected during a friendly competition benefiting an emergency food pantry for students. (Courtesy)

YC faculty, staff and students display some of the nearly 421 items collected during a friendly competition benefiting an emergency food pantry for students. (Courtesy)

For the second straight year, Yavapai College faculty members have engaged in a friendly competition benefiting the YC Food Pantry – an emergency food bank for students.

The competition between the schools of social science, business and computer science and arts and humanities netted 421 food items and grocery store gift cards for the YC Food Pantry. The winning team – the school of social science.

Dr. Joan Fisher, the dean of the three competing YC schools, expressed pride in this year’s bounty and the fact that most of the items gathered are on the pantry’s list of priority needs. Those items include gift cards and juices.

“This is a chance in the middle of a really, really busy semester to stop and think about somebody else. I feel a real sense of pride that our faculty really come out and help another area on campus,” Fisher said.

Since opening in 2017, the YC Food Pantry has served more than 2,500 meals to students and their families. The pantry and an emergency fund for students facing financial hardships, are projects of the student-run I AM YC Club.

The faculty food drive comes at a good time. The holiday break between semesters can be a time when student resources dry up. For that reason, the YC Food Pantry is staying open throughout the break. Students can access emergency resources by applying online here: yc.edu/IAMYC. During winter break (Dec. 17 through Jan. 11), emergency food applications can be dropped off and food picked up between 1 and 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the YC Police Department, Building 28 on the Prescott campus.

Donations to the YC Food Pantry and I AM YC Emergency Fund are welcome. Learn more and contribute online at yc.edu/food.

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