Drive-thru the Brahma Pantry for delicious food and useful items

Drive-thru the Brahma Pantry for delicious food and useful items

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Event coordinator D'arcy Corwin manages the flow of cars at Brahma Pantry Drive-Thru Food Distribution event at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Photo by Ginina Pulcinella

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Volunteers Kimberly Castillo (L) and Ferhiz Brewer (R) give out food at the Brahma Pantry Drive-Thru Food Distribution event at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Photo by Ginina Pulcinella

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Volunteers Kimberly Castillo (L) and Ferhiz Brewer (R) give out food at the Brahma Pantry Drive-Thru Food Distribution event at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Photo by Ginina Pulcinella

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The campus has not returned to its pre-COVID bustling daily activity, but Pierce College is reaching out and giving students a helping hand.

Pierce held a Brahma Pantry and Basic Needs Program Drive-Thru event on Oct. 14, from 2-3 p.m., at the Student Dropoff. 

Brahma Pantry and Basic Needs lead coordinator D’arcy Corwin talked about the importance of spreading awareness for the event.

“I always want students to know that they have a support system in our program and at Pierce,” Corwin said. “I feel amazing when the students connect with us and show that they want our support because I never want students to feel isolated.” 

Corwin said that in order to be eligible for these services, a student needs to be enrolled in a one credit or non-credit course. In order to reserve a ticket, students need to sign up through the “Brahma Pantry Welcome Form” that can be found on the Pantry’s website. From there, their application will be reviewed and validated. 

“I want to make it known that even if a student may not be able to get a care package at that moment, we will definitely make sure a student comes away with something and receives services,” Corwin said. 

Students who participated in Thursday’s event were able to take home both a vegetarian wrap and a protein chicken wrap, depending on their dietary restrictions. 

Everytable is a program that the Brahma Pantry works with to provide meals that are pre-packaged. Students can heat them up without cooking involved, which is easy and healthy, Corwin said. 

All packages go to students and if some are not distributed, they will be given at a different event. 

The Brahma Pantry also provides care packages that include shelf-stable items such as dry pasta, rice, pasta sauce, different snacks and toiletries.

“It’s pretty easy because we just place the items in the students’ trunks when they drive up to campus,” Corwin said. 

 The Brahma Pantry also supports students through referrals to campus and community student support programs, CalFresh enrollment support, case-management support, rental assistance and anything else they may need Corwin said. 

Along with their partnership with Everytable, members of the LAPC Bookstore help with purchases and organizing. 

Brahma Pantry volunteer Kimberly Castillo said that the event is a huge benefit to the community. 

“I think a lot of our students during these times really are in need,” Castillo said. “I give props to D’arcy from the Brahma Pantry who put this together and to everyone else who’s here volunteering to support our students.” 

Corwin said that she has received emails from students that have given her positive feedback and shown appreciation for the services. 

“Students were saying that it was like opening a present,” Corwin said. “They said that it felt like it was a holiday to receive all the fun stuff so that made me feel good.” 

Jeannine Fisher, came to the event to pick up a care package and said how grateful she was for the service. 

“Oh my, this has been such a complete blessing,” Fisher said. “Things are a little tight and this helps take some of the stress off of me financially.” 

Link to Brahma Pantry Website: http://www.piercecollege.edu/students/pantry/index-1.asp

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