East Georgia State College (EGSC) has partnered with Golden Harvest Food Bank to launch the Bobcat Pantry at the EGSC Swainsboro campus. This will be the first college partnership for the food bank that distributes an estimated 11.8 million meals each year across its 25-county service area. A ribbon cutting and grand opening for the Bobcat Pantry is scheduled for Thursday, June 8, 2023, at 3 p.m. in the academic building lobby. The community is invited to attend the event.
EGSC has operated its “Bobcat Pantry” for several years to serve students facing food insecurity. The on-campus food pantry has relied on donations from the Swainsboro, Georgia, community and it’s on campus students and faculty. Through this exciting new partnership with Golden Harvest Food Bank, the Bobcat Pantry will now have access to the food bank’s consistent flow of resources that extend to over 350 partner agencies and programs.
“Food insecurity is a major problem right now for many Americans, but it is particularly acute for college students, who are often working their way through school and trying hard to make ends meet,” said Dr. David Schecter, President of EGSC. “Hungry students do not do as well in their courses or on their exams. Students undernourished and unsure of where their next meal is coming from are more stressed and less likely to continue their education or thrive on a college campus. Golden Harvest is working to change those things every day throughout our region and this new pantry partnership will focus exclusively on supporting East Georgia State College students and our local community in a way that will have an immediate and lasting impact. We are so lucky and thankful to Golden Harvest for helping us serve these students. The goal is to end hunger as we know it for those trying to make the most of their lives and complete a college degree. Food pantries provide support and hope to those in need, and we want our Bobcat Pantry to be a model for other college pantries – we are well on our way, thanks to the great work of Golden Harvest!”