RCC Receives Grant to Supplement Campus Food Pantries

Thanks to the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation’s continued partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), Rappahannock Community College (RCC) received $8,000 to expand hunger relief initiatives and promote food security among students.

The grant will support RCC’s food pantry located on both the Warsaw and Glenns campuses. The pantries provide perishable and non-perishable food items as well as toiletries to students and staff in need, and educational materials on healthy eating. Funds from the grant also support healthy snacks on both campuses for all students.

“We expect a lot from our students academically, ensuring they have the energy and nutrition to succeed is critical,” said RCC President Shannon Kennedy. “We are grateful for Anthem’s support and for their commitment to the students of RCC.” 

Food insecurity represents a significant challenge for many students throughout the Virginia Community College System. A fall 2020 survey conducted by the Hope Center revealed that one-third of students at RCC faced food insecurity. By providing students with the resources needed to succeed, Anthem is creating equal access to economic mobility.

Anthem awarded a total of $100,000 to community colleges across the state to provide flexible funds for supporting hunger relief efforts and connecting students to sustaining public benefits.

“RCC has been a wonderful partner is meeting the needs of all students. We are inspired by the college’s efforts to address food insecurity and realize this is critical to helping students reach graduation,” stated Dr. Jennifer Gentry, VCCS Vice Chancellor and VFCCE Executive Director.

This marks the third consecutive year that the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has partnered with the VFCCE to address food insecurity. By supporting hunger relief, Anthem is helping students finish college, pursue fulfilling careers, and build healthier futures.

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About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation: Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that make up its Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets: maternal health, diabetes prevention, cancer prevention, heart health and healthy, active lifestyles, behavioral health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Dollars for Dollars program which provides a 100 percent match of associates’ donations, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About Rappahannock Community College (RCC): Since 1970, RCC has been breaking down barriers to education in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Five degrees, six certificates, and 26 career and workforce studies programs are offered through RCC in addition to nearly 40 guaranteed admissions agreements with colleges and universities across the state and region. For more information, visit www.rappahannock.edu.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS): Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve approximately 250,000 students each year. For more information, please visit https://www.vccs.edu/.

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) is a supporting arm of Virginia’s 23 community colleges. It works to broaden educational access, promote student success, and provide innovative solutions to workforce needs. To ensure access to high quality, affordable education, the VFCCE provides statewide leadership in raising funds for community college education, supplementing the activities of the 23 individual colleges, and advocating for major system-wide initiatives that could not be undertaken by any single college. For more information, please visit https://vfcce.org/.