Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Will Mark
Partnership with Food Bank for New York City

NOVEMBER 8, 2016 — Bronx Community College President Thomas A. Isekenegbe and DeDra Polite, director of BCC’s Single Stop student support office, will lead a ribbon cutting ceremony launching the November 15 opening of the BCC Food Pantry.

The Food Pantry will provide eligible BCC students with free food for their households. It was conceived after Single Stop reported that 70% of those it served were in extreme need of food. “We wanted to help feed students and their families,” explains Ms. Polite. “We wanted to retain students and help them persist to graduation.” Such goals are more difficult to achieve when students are worried about food security for themselves and their family. Single Stop will establish criteria for determining which students are qualified for assistance from the food pantry.

The Food Pantry was funded in part by BCC’s Office of Advancement, Communications and External Relations in cooperation with Food Bank for New York City, which has partnered with The City University of New York to open similar pantries at other CUNY campuses. It will also accept donations from BCC faculty, staff and administrators, as well as from the general public.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the pantry’s new home in BCC’s Loew Hall, Room 120.  Representatives from the College, CUNY, Single Stop and Food Bank for NYC will be part of the celebration.

The pantry joins a vast array of support services Single Stop offers to help students with everything from tax preparation, housing, financial counseling, legal counseling, transportation and child care — any pressing need or crisis that creates an obstacle to graduation.

For further information, please contact the Single Stop Office at 718-289-5327.