The holidays always bring out the generosity in us. When you go by the Salvation Army kettle and hear that bell, you immediately look to contribute your loose change for the benefit of the needy. When we learn of a destitute family, the response is overwhelming. For that spell just before Thanksgiving and just beyond Christmas, we are an incredibly benevolent people.
However, what happens in February? People still experience food insecurity in February. Neediness doesn’t expire just because the holidays have ended. Families, individuals, neighborhoods, find themselves struggling well after the luster of Santa has worn off.
Admittedly, it’s hard to keep charitable momentum. We tend to give and give, only to see at a point in time that there is no real end to it. That is frustrating to most of us, but imagine what it is to the person or family experiencing impoverishment, particularly food insecurity. And let’s accept, this is not going to end, so we should just embed our generosity into our lifestyle.
Your Salem Community College is looking to do just this. We may not be able to solve everyone’s food insecurity, but we may be able to help a few. Beginning in the New Year, we are opening a Food Pantry on campus to help students in need. This modest effort is only a start, but at least it is a start. Thanks to the diligence and dedication of Trustee Dr. Robert Carter and the Rotary Club of Penns Grove/Carneys Point we are about to make this a reality.
This is where you come into the equation. Next time you go to the grocery store, pick up an extra can of soup, or a box of cereal, or toothpaste, or personal products, or anything you believe may be of help to a student (and the student’s family). If you find a student in need, refer him or her to our Food Pantry, which will be located, at least initially, in Central Supply/Mail Room on the lower level of Tillis Hall.
We are all in this together, and we urge you to help. In this day and age, no one should be hungry. Let’s start with our piece of the planet to help people cope with this crisis. Not only will you help someone in need, you are going to feel pretty good about yourself along the way.