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Books, gas, rent or food? A ll too often, these are choices students make every day. Money runs out before food is purchased, food runs out before the next paycheck. To address that problem, the Gavilan College Food Pantry opened to students, with a soft launch May 3 and a grand opening with free pizza May 17. In the 2013-2014 academic year Gavilan conducted a student survey about household food availability. “We found 33% indicated they experienced food insecurity on an ongoing basis,” said Susan Sweeney, director of the CalWORKs program on campus. Researching area resources, she discovered Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) already provided food to other colleges. The food pantry at Gavilan College is a new program using USDA Supplemental Student Trustee awarded $20,000 Karl S. Pister Scholarship Graduating student trustee Adrian Lopez was awarded the largest scholarship to be presented: $20,000 over two years to attend UC Santa Cruz. He is pictured here with his mentor, Gavilan College Counselor Dr. Blanca Arteaga. Nutrition Assistance Program funding in collaboration with CalFresh, SHFB and St. Joseph’s Family Center in Gilroy. “This is a pilot to see if the need is really there,” said Vice President of Student Services Kathleen Moberg. “The long range plan would be to find space, add refrigerators and freezers to add perishable food to the current offerings.” To help launch the program, “We received $500 funding through Associated Students of Gavilan College for marketing,” said Sweeney. Anika Mathewson and Laura Hanamoto, both Gavilan students, rotate schedules to staff the pantry. Open Monday-Friday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm the Gavilan College Food Pantry will be open during the summer. For more information, contact Gavilan College CalWORKs program at (408) 848-4798. ABOVE LEFT: Annette Guiterrez (center), CalWORKs Program Service Specialist, trains new staff Laura Hanamoto (left) and Anika Mathewson about the variety of foods available to college students. MIDDLE: Students were treated to free pizza and music during college lunch hour as the Gavilan College Food Pantry celebrated its grand opening. ABOVE: Tometrius Paxton, Partnership Manager with Second Harvest Food Bank talks with Kathleen Moberg,Vice President of Student Services, as students select food choices during the center’s grand opening. George Kyriakopoulos signs in before selecting food items from the newly-opened Gavilan College Food Pantry. College Distributes $75,000 in Scholarships A t the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 19, Gavilan College Education Foundation and the Financial Aid Offi ce presented student scholarships totaling almost $75,000 from donors including: Gilroy and Morgan Hill branches of the American Association of University Women, the American Legion, Associated Students of Gavilan College, Besson Family Vineyards, Pacifi c Dining, the South Valley Democratic Club, California School Employees GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY / AUGUST 2016 Association Chapter 270, the Kai and Libby Lai Family Fund, South Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Hazel Hawkins Foundation and memorial scholarships for Rudy Melone, Cindy Starr, Edna and Waldo Rohnert, Eunice J. Picetti, Edward Thorne, George and Marge Dufresne, and Lauren Jenkins. For information about how to create a scholarship or memorial fund, visit the webpage of the Gavilan College Office of Financial Aid, gavilan.edu/finaid. gmhtoday.com 97