BY TYLER TELESCO
The college’s food pantry received a facelift, boasting a new logo, new care options and an official name for the start of the new semester.
“The Pantry @ NCC,” as it is now called, was founded on Feb. 8, 2015 and was established to provide students in need with an available source of food, so that they may focus on their education without having to worry about providing for themselves or their families.
According to Shannon McAvoy, who is a worker in the Academic Affairs department and overseer of the pantry, it is currently serving over 300 students at the college, and has been a resource for other charitable organizations outside of the college in the past.
“Bringing a food supply to the NCC campus eliminates some of the barriers students may face with outside sources and encourages academic success,” McAvoy said.
However, it was recently decided that the pantry should be a place where students with financial issues can receive a full personal care experience, in addition to gratifying nutritional needs.
“While feeding students so that they can focus on earning their degrees is our mission, I felt that the Pantry could be, and is, so much more than just food,” McAvoy said. “We [now] have school supplies and food containers and health and beauty products.”
A new logo was added alongside the revamped pantry, which, according to McAvoy, was needed to provide a more accurate depiction of The Pantry’s mission.
The logo was designed by student Salvador Garibay, under the supervision of the Graphic Design department coordinator, John Alvord. Alvord said the look of the new logo was “approachable” and “friendly.”
“The line quality is loose and the colors are playful,” Alvord said. “The type choice communicates informality and looks hand-rendered. The NCC logo applied to the side of the bag connects the pantry to our institution.”
McAvoy said she hopes that the pantry’s services will expand, with the idea of a campus coat exchange and swap store being in discussion. “
[It’s a] great idea, but we simply could not accommodate a student store in the space we have,” McAvoy said. “I have an idea of where we could go, but we would need to document a demand and support for a student store before we could consider expanding.”
To donate to “The Pantry @ NCC,” students can leave non-perishable food items in the donation bins found in the library, Wellness Center and Academic Services office, or leave items directly in the pantry itself in room W101A. Students who wish to receive the pantry’s benefits must provide an NCC ID or other proof of attendance at the institution.
For more information, email a representative at ThePantry@norwalk.edu.