Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

This fall, at 19 VCCS colleges where bookstores are operated by the Follett Higher Education Group, customers have been encouraged to “round-up” to the nearest dollar on their purchases, and make a contribution to their local campus food pantry.

The VCCS Hunger Project began in September and runs through November 30, so there’s still time to make a donation. The project has generated almost $6,000 so far.

Follett agreed to match customer donations, up to $1,000 at each of the colleges where it operates bookstores.

The bookstore at Wytheville Community College raised enough to take advantage of the full amount of the Follett match.

Marsha Otey, manager of the bookstore at WCC, told Roanoke TV station WDBJ-7, “A student is not going to be able to study and learn if they’re hungry, which goes right to our mission that we want to improve the world, and this is our way to help do that.”

“So many of our students work or attend school part time, and financially it’s a stress on them to come back to school, said Anything we can do to help ease a burden and meet a need to reduce hunger is a great thing in our community,” added WCC president Dean Sprinkle.

Follett regional manager Greg Kirby noted, “With the growing number of students that have food insecurity, this is a great chance for our Follett campus store teams to raise awareness, spotlight that there is a place on campus that can help and create a spirit of giving to improve the lives of the students we service.”

See WDBJ’s coverage of the WCC fundraiser here.'

Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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