Owens Community College, a comprehensive institution with multiple campuses in Ohio, has announced a plan to open a food bank for students, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
Starting this month, the Harvest Food Pantries program will offer foodstuff to needy students at the college’s Perrysburg Township and Findlay campuses. Owens administrators said the program will both aid students, who under Ohio law are not eligible for food stamps if they attend classes full time, and introduce service-learning components to the campuses. The program makes Owens the latest higher education institution to start a food pantry, which has become increasingly commonplace since the first such program started at Michigan State University in 1993, the Chronicle reported. A student food pantry opened at UGA last fall.