PHOENIX – South Mountain Community College students and St. Mary’s Food Bank have teamed up to serve food to the community through their mobile pantry program. The event is student-driven and is part of their effort to give back.
Every first and third Friday from September through May, students are handing out food staples such as water, bread, potatoes, fruits and vegetables from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at South Mountain Community College, located at 24th Street and Baseline Road. The food is free to anyone who needs it.
“This is so rewarding. We get to come and serve food to the community,” said Bianca Mendes, a student volunteering at the mobile pantry program. “It’s just like a sense of joy and they get to come through and this helps them get by every day so it’s just nice to help out.”
It’s estimated that about 200 to 250 families are fed every first and third Friday the event occurs.
Dr. Kimberly Pope and her class at South Mountain Community College volunteer handing out food. The class researched St. Mary’s Food Bank and chose the event as their civic engagement project.
“This is what they chose to do, they voted, they discussed what they wanted to do to give back to the community because civic engagement is a really important part of our curriculum at South Mountain,” Pope said.