It’s becoming a growing trend, and Kankakee Community College can take pride in the fact it’s on the
front end of this movement.

Western Illinois University announced last week it has set up a food pantry on its Macomb campus.

The items stocked at the pantry are available to students regardless of income, but the students who have spearheaded the drive said the main motivation behind its creation is increasing information what shows many of America’s college students contend with hunger.

It’s the same basic issue that persuaded KCC to open its food pantry two months ago. Organizers there also found data that showed hunger to be prevalent among students, and the rules are similar — any student can participate regardless of income level.

It has met with immediate success. In the two weeks that passed after its opening, about 150 people had used the service at KCC. That number has surely risen
since.

The number of colleges with pantries also is on the rise. An unofficial list shows several more are set up in some form at other Illinois schools, including the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Northeastern Illinois University, Aurora University, National Louis University, the College of Lake County, the College of DuPage and Elgin Community College.

A recent CNN report estimated there are about 400 college food pantries nationwide.

We salute all of them, especially KCC, which is providing this valuable service locally. It’s a lot easier to feed the mind if the stomach is filled first.

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