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The money will go to stock up campus food pantries with fresh produce, bread and soup at the 25 neediest community colleges in California, the chancellor’s office announced on Friday.
”There’s never been a donation like this for this purpose,” said Paul Feist, vice chancellor for communications. “We’re very grateful.”
The donor made the gift immediately after hearing college leaders make a presentation about a month ago about widespread hunger among community college students and how it contributes to poor grades, poor health and poor job prospects. According to a recent survey, half of all community college students have experienced “food insecurity” — the modern term for hunger.