End Student Hunger with the SRJC Honor Pantry

Joseph Barkoff, Photo Editor

The Santa Rosa Junior College held a food bank drive from a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 between the Race Building (Health Services) and Emeritus Hall for one purpose only: to feed hungry people.

Hosted by honor society Phi Theta Kappa, the food drive is intended to feed everyone and anyone that is hungry. Dean of Health Sciences and advisor for  Phi Theta Kappa Dr. Ezbon Jen, along with ASB Executive Vice President Robert Emdonds and a small representative group of volunteers were able to hand out 471 pounds of food in two hours.

“We have access to these resources, so we are opening up and sharing,” Edmonds said.

Reinforcing Edmonds, Dr.Jen said, “Instead of having to go to the food bank, they brought it to us.” Along with the wisdom that one “Can’t work full time and be a full time student.”

Everyone that came by was given a bag that volunteers filled with things like Amy’s Organic frozen burritos, oranges, yams and breads.

A passer-by asked, “What’s the point of all this?” Edmonds responded, “To feed hungry people.”

Phi Theta Kappa wants to make sure hunger doesn’t remain an issue largely ignored by the people.

Edmonds said they would be holding meetings with Phi Theta Kappa over the next couple weeks due to the success of their drive in attempts to find more volunteers to help hand out food. To join the national club, you will need to meet the appropriate academic requirement with a grade point average of 3.5 or above; though anyone that wants to volunteer to help hand out food should look to contact Edmonds or the Society.

The goal of Phi Theta Kappa is to ultimately have a food bank drive once a week on campus at the SRJC.