Thanks to good friends like International Paper, “Food for thought” is more than just a familiar expression at the four campuses of Maysville Community & Technical College.

That’s the name of the MCTC student food pantries which are the beneficiaries of a new $7,500 grant from International Paper. The same company also helped finance the opening of the pantries last year. Both grant applications were prepared by Cara Clarke, executive director of the MCTC Foundation.

“This is exciting news for those of our students who have hunger issues at times,” said MCTC President/CEO Stephen M. Vacik. “We appreciate the support of International Paper in helping provide another practical way to encourage students to stay focused on their academic goals. You simply can’t do that if you’re hungry.”

Grant funds and private gifts were used initially to stock each pantry with snack food items and quick “grab and go” items for breakfast and lunch.

Kern emphasized that the MCTC food banks are not intended to replace local food charities, only to supplement their efforts.

For more information on the Food for Thought Food Pantry and/or how to support it, contact the local MCTC campus.

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