Students in need were the big winners when OCC celebrated National Philanthropy Day in November. National Philanthropy Day® is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world.
OCC’s National Philanthropy Day fundraiser generated $1,800 for the Promise annual fund, $1,000 of which was earmarked to support the College’s food pantry. The money is used to restock shelves with food which goes to students in need. The food pantry has been utilized more than 100 times during the fall 2014 semester.
The food pantry is located in room 112 in the Gordon Student Center, and is open every Monday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. New this semester is a refrigerator which provides students access to donated perishable foods. Students who come for assistance are asked to fill out a questionnaire, and then collect items based on a point system which encourages them to shop for meals. Students who can’t come in when the food pantry is open will have a care package put together for them.
Food donations can be dropped off at the Student Association in room 104 in Gordon, or in the Educational Opportunity Program office in room 130. If you are interested in a financial donation to the food pantry please visit www.giving.sunyocc.edu or contact the OCC Foundation at (315) 498-6060.