Services offered at community colleges abound, such as services for vets, women and the physically disabled. There are also tutors, mentors, counselors and programs for the mentally challenged. However, in addition, Lane has the No Cash Clothing Stash and the Rainy Day Food Pantry where free clothing and free food, respectively, are available for students. Both are located in the basement of the Center Building, directly under the cafeteria.
“I didn’t know these places existed,” Fabiola Cruz, second year chemistry major said.
The No Cash Clothing Stash, as the sign displays, is just that. The rack in the hallway outside offers various clothing items for both adults and children. Clothes are even available when the clothing room is closed.
“The Clothing Stash is a great place that gives back to the LCC community,” Barbara Varga, second year human services major and clothing room volunteer, said.
A selection of clothes, shoes and accessories are available for students to choose from. There is also an assortment of paperback books and school supplies. The inventory changes constantly so patrons just might find the perfect jeans or a really cool jacket.
“It’s a valuable resource that more students should contribute to and utilize,” Andrea Hinds, second year human services major said.
The Rainy Day Food Pantry, just down the hall from the clothing room, offers canned goods, dry goods, soft drinks, snacks and baby food. Both free services require a one-time registration and assessment to determine eligibility. For example, the more dependents in a household, the more food a student might receive.
“An act of kindness can never be done too soon because you never know when it’s too late,” Kevin Cole, second year general education student and recipient of both services said.
Donations are welcome and needed at both the clothing stash and the food pantry.