The lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food and hygiene items is common at colleges and universities across the country. A 2016 study by the National Conference of State Legislatures, found that 48 percent of U.S. college students reported facing food insecurities. When students are forced to pick between food or their education, the study found that both their health and academic performance suffered.
provide assistance to students in need, Seminole State College has established
the Raiders Helping Raiders Pantry.
Through the College’s Destination Graduation, a partnership with
the Heart of Florida United
and its new affiliation as an official Second Harvest Food
Bank Partner Agency,
the pantry will provide students in need with both food and hygiene items.
a Second Harvest Food Bank Partner Agency, the College has been able to almost
triple the amount of food they are now able to provide their students. “As
someone who serves students who experience crisis, I am very excited and proud
to be part of this collaborative project. Being food insecure while trying to
complete a college degree is a big challenge and asking for help is often
difficult for many students,” said Keren Rohena, Destination Graduation
manager. “By bringing this resource on campus and raising awareness, we are
hoping to reduce stigma around this issue and impact as many students as
possible. The Raiders Helping Raiders Pantry is a great example of how
non-profits, higher education institutions, and the campus community can come
together to tackle the problems that affect us.”
State’s Destination Graduation has been recognized nationally as an innovative
program that connects at-risk students to the resources they need to stay in
school. In partnership with Heart of Florida United Way, the program’s goal is
to increase the graduation rates of low-income and veteran students attending
Seminole State by providing onsite, comprehensive support.
Raiders helping Raiders Pantry is located in the student center on the
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus with points of contact at the Oviedo, Heathrow, and
Altamonte Springs locations to ensure students at all campuses have access to
are excited to welcome Raiders Helping Raiders Pantry to the Second Harvest of
Central Florida family and we look forward to a long and successful