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The Sierra College Patrons, a support group of the Sierra College Foundation, invites the public and those interested in becoming members of the organization to attend their November 6 meeting featuring a presentation by Steven Baissa, Dean, Division of Student Equity and Engagement, or members of his staff and a tour of the college Food Pantry.

The United States Department of Agriculture has determined that up to 87% of students in the United States, grades K - 12 regularly arrive at school without the benefit of breakfast. Organizations from the private sector such as No Kid Hungry try to fill the gap as does the free lunch and breakfast program funded through the USDA. Yet the problem of student hunger is often magnified when those students leave the public school system and enter college. Sierra College has recognized this problem and has been assembling resources to serve the needs of its students.

The campus Food Pantry used to offer such things as granola bars and ramen noodles that students could easily grab and take. Plans have begun to expand the variety of foods offered so students will be better served. The Patrons organization has recently voted to grant $5000. to the effort to fund the purchase of a commercial type refrigerator and partnerships with a number of local services have also been established. Come and see where we stand and what you may be able to do to further the goal of feeding our students and thereby helping them to be better learners.

The meeting will be held on Monday, November 6 from 12:30–2:30 p.m. at the Sierra College Rocklin Campus in the Fireside Room located in the Campus Center (Building J). Lunch (which is optional) will be served at 12:30. The cost of the lunch is $11 and requires an RSVP. Please call Joan Edwards at 916-663-3408 by October 30.

About the Sierra College Patrons

Formed in 1984, the Patrons provide financial support to the Arts and Humanities departments at Sierra College providing more than $5000 in grants each year. Grants are designed to directly affect students as much as possible. In addition, two $500 scholarships are awarded annually to students in the arts including Music, Art and Drama. Five small awards of $100 to $250 each recognize outstanding students competing in the annual student art show. Further grants may be awarded during the year to enhance the services offered by academic departments and social programs on campus. Since its inception, the Patrons have donated more than $360,000 to Sierra College affecting and improving all aspects of campus life.

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