January 11, 2012

Owens Community College Announces Plans for Academic Institution’s First Student Harvest Food Pantries

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College, with the support of the Toledo Seagate Food Bank, is reaching out to its students who are in need of help and assistance by announcing the establishment of the academic institution’s first-ever Owens Harvest Food Pantries on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. The new Owens Harvest Food Pantries are designed to provide students with free non-perishable food resources as well as various service learning opportunities.

“The Owens Harvest Food Pantries outreach initiative was created to assist our students in need while also offering service and volunteer opportunities for those individuals who want to give back and help their fellow students,” said Krista Kiessling, Owens Coordinator of the Harvest Project. “College students are often balancing several responsibilities in their lives, including financially supporting their families while attending school. Our goal is to alleviate some of those financial concerns for students by utilizing the College’s new Harvest Food Pantry services.”

Kiessling added, “Owens’ Harvest Food Pantries are also designed to build upon the College’s culture of philanthropy and service on our campuses by creating new collaborative learning opportunities for students in various academic departments and disciplines. The experiential learning and service learning possibilities for the new Owens Harvest Food Pantries are endless. Potential opportunities include the business management and marketing of the new pantries, the establishment of a nutritional program for students and the exploration of the sociological impact of poverty and hunger on certain cultural groups. Most importantly, the new Owens Harvest Food Pantries and outreach services would not be possible without the help and support of the Toledo Seagate Food Bank. We are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

The new Owens Harvest Food Pantry will be located in Heritage Hall Room 109 on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township, while the Maintenance/Department of Public Safety Building Room 106 will serve as home to the Owens Harvest Food Pantry on the Findlay-area Campus in Findlay. Both locations will be open to all Owens students on Tuesdays (Owens Harvest Food Pantry on Toledo-area Campus) and on Thursdays (Owens Harvest Food Pantry on Findlay-area Campus) starting in February. Students will need to show a valid Owens identification to utilize the services.

The two Owens Harvest Food Pantries will feature a healthy nutritional balance of non-perishable food items such as proteins, starches, fruits and vegetables.

According to Kiessling, the long-term goal of the Owens Harvest Food Pantries is to expand the services to include a career closet of professional clothing and a hygiene pantry.

The Toledo Seagate Food Bank was founded with the overall mission of eliminating hunger. The non-profit organization provides service to 18 Northwest Ohio counties and distributes over 15 million pounds of food annually to over 500 organizational programs such as food pantries, community resource centers, churches, soup kitchens, senior centers, rehabilitation and low-income housing service agencies.

For those individuals and/or community organizations interested in participating or donating to the new Owens Harvest Food Pantry initiative, call (567) 661-2275 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2275.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.