It is difficult to concentrate on studying when you are hungry or wondering where you are going to lay your head in the evening. Working with HACC students for nearly two decades, I was concerned when we were asked to remain in our homes for what I assumed would be two weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before the weeks turned into a month and longer, many of us wondered what would happen to our students who were dealing with food insecurity or questionable housing arrangements. Reaching out to students, we began to hear their stories of courage and resilience. Courage is not the absence of fear, but it is persevering in spite of it. Immediately, conversations began about how we could help students who were struggling in silence. As a result of these conversations, the Groceries on the Go initiative began with funding from HACC’s Student Government Association.