NMC students launch food drive to support fellow students in need

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Business students are partnering with the Northwest Food Coalition (NWFC) for the sixth annual Food for Thought food drive to help reduce food insecurity in the Grand Traverse region.

New this year, the class will aim to fill four pantries, in time for the holiday season, focused on helping students and their families. A 2016 NWFC survey revealed more than 2,000 children in the region are food insecure, which can be a barrier to learning.

The food pantries include:

Community members can donate non-perishable food and personal hygiene items from October 19 to November 19 at red collection bins in the following NMC buildings:

  • Tanis
  • Osterlin Library
  • University Center
  • Hagerty Conference Center
  • Parsons-Stulen

Tom’s Food Markets will accept donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 28 at the East Bay, West Bay and Fourteenth Street locations. The public is also invited to bring donations to the S. T. E. M. Exploration Day at NMC’s Parsons-Stulen Building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 10. Participants will be able experience LEGO robotics, drones, virtual reality and more family-friendly activities.

The community can make a financial donation to help support the pantries at any of the events or with the NMC Foundation.

This food drive is supported by generous donations from local businesses. One example of this is Max’s Appliance's donation of a refrigerator to the NMC Food Pantry so that the students can receive fresh foods. Other local businesses are donating items for raffle prizes as well as hosting their own food drives. If you would like to partner with this project please use the contact information below.

The Food For Thought Food drive is a semester-long experiential learning project for professional communications students. For updates go to the NMC Food for Thought facebook page.

Release date: October 15, 2018

For more information:

Blake Bandrowski
Marketing Director
(231) 633-8813

Kristy McDonald
NMC Instructor
(231) 995-1059


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