Community Education

‘Paws Pantry’ serves Augusta Technical College students

Augusta Technical College celebrated the official opening of the Paws Pantry, a food pantry project aimed at addressing student food insecurity, with a ribbon cutting ceremony during a soft launch event.

Paw Pantry will help Augusta Technical College students. Courtesy photo

In July 2022, Augusta Technical College secured the Liaison IMPACT Grant, providing essential funding for the Paws Pantry initiative. This project establishes a confidential space for students to request and receive both food and personal items. Collaborating with Golden Harvest Food Bank as a partner agency ensures sustained success and longevity for the Paws Pantry.

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College President Dr. Jermaine Whirl welcomed attendees and introduced guest speakers during the launch event on Nov. 29, according to a news release from Augusta Tech. Amy Breitmann, president of Golden Harvest Food Bank, highlighted the impact of food insecurity and emphasized the importance of stable access to healthy foods. Russell Lahodny, President of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, underscored the positive community impact of such resources.

Kaylei Martin, the Augusta Technical College Paws Pantry representative, delivered a closing statement, expressing gratitude for the overwhelming support. The ceremony concluded with a symbolic ribbon cutting, officially marking the opening of the Paws Pantry.

As part of the soft launch, students had the opportunity to apply for food pantry items through a confidential booth. Guests explored the newly established pantry space and accessed additional information and resources.

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