Hill College students who attend the Johnson County campus in Cleburne now have access to a food pantry.
In partnership with the Johnson County Hunger Coalition and United Way of Johnson County, the college’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society opened the food pantry on Thursday at the Student Center. UWJC also presented them with a $600 check.
PTK is the international honorary scholarship society for community and technical colleges with the purpose to promote scholarship, develop character and cultivate fellowship among the students of the two-year colleges of the United States and around the world, according to its website.
Their mission is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Nu Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was chartered by Hill College on Nov. 17, 1964.
UWJC President Aly Engstrom said they’ve been wanting to create the food pantry for the past couple of years. She attended a hunger coalition summit with members of the JCHC and said it took off from there.
“God makes things happen,” she said. “I think this has been in our minds for over a year, but within the last six months it just came together.”
PTK President Monica Frasier said they’ve done lots of research on food insecurity and how it affects Hill College students.
“It’s going to be open for all hours,” Frasier said. “So when students, especially here at the Cleburne campus, are here all day studying and don’t have money or they don’t have food with them, they don’t have to struggle with that. They will have access to it.”
In celebration of the pantry and what UWJC has done for the college over the years, HC instructor/PTK advisor Jenny Corder presented Engstrom with a certificate naming her an honorary member of the honor society.
For information about UWJC, visit uwjc.com.