The Georgia Military College Sandersville campus recently opened a free food resource lovingly dubbed the Free Little Pantry .
Extension Center Director Lonzo Smith launched the pantry as a service project earlier during the summer and it opened in late July . The food pantry is located on-site between the front lobby and the student lounge . The service project was conceived to augment the learning potential of GMC students . Educators have long understood that food enhances focus by eliminating the hunger distraction and providing the caloric energy needed to learn .
Thus , students are encouraged to stop by before or after class to refuel .
The pantry includes a variety of items : everything from wholesome soups , mashed potatoes , protein bars , apple chips , peanut butter , honey , and stroganoff to the old college classics Ramen , macaroni and cheese , and cereal . Conveniently , the student lounge
also provides a comfortable place to enjoy a meal , along with a microwave , refrigerator , and water-bottle fill station .
Even though the pantry supplies only food items right now , in the future organizers plan for it to expand to include such necessities as hygienic items , school supplies , and perhaps even job interview clothing donations . But why a Free Pantry at GMC Sandersville ? Well , hopefully , it will bring a little joy to students . The food pantry is a permanent , year-round fixture that they can count on to be there when there is no time to run out for a meal , or when they want to practice gratitude by having something to donate toward . The vision for the pantry is that students will take and give as they need or see fit , at their discretion , and through that practice , our community will flourish and stay nourished .
GMC is an accredited liberal arts college with a dozen campuses spread throughout Georgia . While the campus in Milledgeville proudly serves residential cadets and athletes , all other GMC campuses are community colleges , meaning the students are not required to be military-affiliated and the focus is helping communities by providing higher education as a resource . The GMC community colleges are diverse in terms of the populations they serve , and GMC is proud of that fact . The primary focus is providing associate ’ s degrees who those who want to then transfer out to one of the many college and university institutions with which we have articulation agreements , but GMC also provides pathways for those seeking a bachelor ’ s degree from a college in their hometown .
GMC is proud to be a community institution of Washington County and looks forward to more years serving the community as a higher education resource .