LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A trip to the grocery store can be expensive and stressful too when you get to the register and see that total.
With that in mind, UA Pulaski Tech is working to make sure the only stress their students have is finishing the degree and not worry about putting food on the table.
Typically this lecture hall at UA Pulaski Tech is packed with students filling their minds with new material but once a month it’s transformed to a food pantry where volunteer pack backs similar to these for students and staff in need.
“Cans of food, beans, we have macaroni, rice,” says Alisha Jackson.
Grocery shopping is made a little easier for Alisha Jackson.
“……peanut butter, and you even have syrup too!”
She’s a student, but she’s also a mom who goes to school during the day and takes care of her son in the evenings.
“Groceries is expensive so it’s helped out a lot.”
Knowing she only has to swipe her smile and not a credit card is a big deal to her and dozens of other students and staff at UA Pulaski Tech.
“We have a lot of students working and going to school so this helps with finances,” says Michelle Anderson.
So Associate Dean of Students Michelle Anderson and countless volunteers spend time each month stocking the makeshift food pantry.
And especially at this time of the year when many students’ kids are out for spring break.
“A number of students have children and they have to feed them for a week when normally they have a free or reduced lunch at school so this month is busy for us,” says Anderson.
“It helps me a bunch because it will last you a week if you can make good meals,” says Jackson.
And it’s just another reason students and staff have such pride in being a part of UA PTC.