Inside the door marked Western States Bank Pantry in the Crossroads building at Laramie County Community College is a room that is full of food that is available to students who may be struggling to make ends meet and don’t have enough money to have a meal.
The food pantry is open to all students enrolled in LCCC to get various food and hygiene items twice a week as long as they have their physical student ID in hand. There are soups, canned vegetables, fruit cups, cereal, snack foods, and more. The only requirement needed to qualify for the Pantry is to be an LCCC student.
“It is important for our students to know that there are options available to them should they ever find themselves in need,” Natalie Burgess, administrative assistant of Student Engagement and Diversity, said,
For student looking for assistance, the Pantry is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If there are no faculty members at the Pantry, students and other employees can go to the CAB office in CR107 and ask for help.
Western States Bank has been the most generous donor to date for the Pantry, but funding also comes from donors within the community and within the school. Multiple food drives are done around town by various groups to help keep it stocked. It is completely donation based.
Students looking to donate food can be dropped off at the Pantry or to Burgess in Crossroads 107. Monetary donations can be made at the LCCC Foundation office.
Burgess said she is always looking for volunteers to staff the Pantry. To volunteer, contact Burgess at NBurgess@lccc.wy.edu or go to Crossroads building room 107.