The Heights

Updated: March 13, 2017

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Help a student in need and see your gift matched

Food insecurity and homelessness are growing concerns among college students. Living in one of the most expensive areas in the country adds an extra strain on Foothill students already struggling to meet their basic needs. Students who don’t have a permanent home may be couch-surfing or even living in their cars, yet they remain determined to continue with their education. However, even the most steadfast student’s success is at risk when faced with homelessness and hunger.  

Foothill is fortunate to have opened a Food Pantry last fall thanks to partners Second Harvest Food Bank and the Community Services Agency. The Food Pantry provides groceries to any Foothill student enrolled in credit or non-credit classes who meets the self-reported income eligibility set by Second Harvest. But for students who don’t have a home where they can bring groceries and make meals, the Food Pantry is not a viable option.

Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, this highly vulnerable student population will have a small relief. Because of this gift, Foothill counselors can provide students with gift cards, blankets and toiletry items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and soap. College counselors are often the first people with whom students share their struggles. Having a few options to alleviate student stress is vital for them to stay on track.

Lan Truong, dean of Counseling said, “Our counselors will now have the ability to direct students to our Food Pantry for a much-needed blanket or toiletry items, plus give them a gift card so they can purchase ready- made food. Just knowing someone is there to help is a huge comfort to our students.”

The anonymous donor will match every gift up to $3,000 to further help students with food and housing insecurities.   

Your gift of $25 = $50 and will help feed a student. Help us reach our match and make your gift today at: and indicate Food Pantry Match under Other.


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