An on-campus food pantry opened recently at Century College to help students struggling with hunger.
The pantry opened March 26 and will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Room 1010 on West Campus.
Current students who are facing financial difficulties can take home a bag of food at least once a month. The pantry’s ordering, tracking and student registration will be managed with software provided by the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf.
Century has raised $5,000 to start the food pantry, but needs another $5,000.
The pantry will be operated by Judy Lykins, who directs the school’s Service Learning program. Alison Schram, operations manager for the White Bear food shelf, will set up processes and procedures.
Century College has more than 12,000 students, half of whom are Pell-grant eligible, coming from households at or below the poverty level.
The White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf was established in 1977 and served more than 10,400 individuals last year.
For more information or how to support the Century College food pantry, call Jill Greenhalgh at 651-779-3338 or go to www.century.edu/foundation or call Ann Searles at 651-407-5310 or go to www.whitebearfoodshelf.org.
Kids’ dental service opens a trial clinic
Children’s Dental Services, which serves uninsured and underinsured children and pregnant women, will open in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinic in the county’s Headwaters Service Center in Forest Lake.
In 2009, Washington County contracted for services one day a month at the Cottage Grove Service Center. Children’s Dental Services handles all scheduling, billing and other logistics of providing care.
In Forest Lake, the program will replicate the service delivered in Cottage Grove. If the Forest Lake site has enough demand, the service will continue to staff it each month.
Recycling events held in coming months
The following weekend hazardous waste collections are planned for the next three months:
Hugo: April 20 household hazardous waste collection 8 a.m. to noon, Public Works Building, 6900 137th St. N.
Cottage Grove: May 4 household hazardous waste collection 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Public Works Garage, 8635 West Point Douglas Road S.