December 6, 2022

Finding H.O.P.E. at NCC

“Helping Our Peers Excel”,is the mission of the NCC H.O.P.E. food pantry. The idea was
conceived by the Nursing Student Organization and sprang into action last fall. In just over a
year, their effort has fed more than 530 students. Andrea Corrado, professor and NSO food
pantry advisor, expresses that, “Food insecurity should not be a factor to inhibit student success.”
When basic needs are met, students can focus on their education.
The obstacle is nationwide; 53 percent of college students have stated food insecurity as
having caused absence from classes and 25 percent have dropped out as a result of it. When it
became clear that students at Northampton were struggling to get sufficient nutrients, a plan was
created for positive change. Through action and dedication, the NSO created a support system
for their fellow students.
The goal of H.O.P.E is to provide a sustainable student run pantry. They aim to improve
program completion rates and believe that by providing this short-term assistance, it will create
long-term independence. Food and toiletries are collected, donated, and distributed by NCC
students. With their membership to the College and University Food Bank Alliance and
partnership with Second Harvest food bank they are able to meet supply needs. Events held on
campus, such as theatre performances, collect a donation of non-perishable items for the pantry.
The sorting and distribution work is volunteer based.
The H.O.P.E. food pantry is located in Penn Hall 122A and will be open
Monday, Nov 6 from 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, Nov 28 from 10am – 2 pm
*No one is turned away from HOPE, but you must have a valid student ID.
If you would like to donate to H.O.P.E., please bring donations to Penn Hall, Room 113,
and drop off non-perishable items in the blue grocery cart outside of the Nursing Lab.
While any donation is greatly appreciated, key items needed include
● Cereal, granola bars and fruit snacks, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese,
bottled water, and sports drinks
● Toiletries such as shampoo, soap, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, feminine
hygiene and toilet tissue
Volunteer! This is a great way to add volunteer hours to your resume!
Breanna Donate – Student Pantry Coordinator
Amanda Cardona — Assistant Student Coordinator

Mary Vogl, BSN, RN  — NSO & Pantry Staff Advisor
E: | P: 610.861.5436
Andrea Corrado, MSN, RN – NSO & Pantry Faculty Advisor
E: | P: 610.332-6574
"I would never want someone to have to choose between hunger and their future. As a volunteer,
there is no better feeling than knowing the work we do might eliminate that decision for our
fellow students."
– Breanna Donate, Student Pantry Coordinator
"Working at the food pantry is a great opportunity to help other students. It's really something
that makes me feel good, knowing that I can help someone else. I wouldn't be where I am today
without help and support, why not pass that on to others that may need it also."
– Amanda Cardona, Assistant Student Coordinator

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