Bedford Food Collection to Benefit Middlesex Community College Food Pantries

Submitted by Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College’s Bedford Food Pantry opened Wednesday, Dec. 7, with President James Mabry cutting the ribbon. Shown here (front row left to right): MCC Dean of Students Pamela Flaherty, Bedford Town Manager Rick Reed, Rep. Ken Gordon, MCC alum Gabrielle Davis; MCC President Mabry, and Bedford Selectwoman Margot Fleischman. – Courtesy image (c) 2016 all rights reserved

A collection of nonperishable food and personal-care items to benefit the Middlesex Community College Food Pantries will be held March 9-16. Donations can be delivered to the main lobby of the Bedford Police Station, 2 Mudge Way, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“MCC’s Lowell and Bedford Campus Food Pantries were established in 2016 to serve enrolled Middlesex students, staff and faculty, and have the potential to be an important campus resource for years to come,” said Bedford resident Sarah Blackman, who is organizing the collection with her 12-year-old son, Josh.

“The inability to afford food and basic supplies is an often overlooked problem in community colleges,” Blackman continued. It’s estimated that 25 percent of U.S. community college students have low levels of food security, and 13 percent are homeless, according to the national report “Hunger on Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students.”

“In the past 10 years, we have seen increasing rates of food insecurity among students at Middlesex,” said Jonathan Crockett, MCC’s Coordinator of Athletics, Health & Wellness. “I am hopeful that a combination of awareness, education and de-stigmatizing efforts will help increase the frequency and volume of use at the MCC Food Pantries.”

Items requested for the food collection are specifically tailored to food-insecure and homeless college-student needs, including:

Food items: Rice (brown/white), beans (canned/dry), jelly, oatmeal, canned corn, crackers, pasta sauce, canned soup, juice boxes, fruit cups, granola bars, breakfast bars, individually wrapped raisins

Personal-Care items: Toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning wipes, laundry detergent, soap/body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, shaving cream, disposable razors and baby items (diapers, wipes, baby food, baby bottles)

For more information about this nonperishable-food and personal-care items collection, or about the MCC Food Pantries, please contact Jonathan Crockett at [email protected] or 781-280-3785.

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