Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters donates 90 cans of food to LBCC’s Viking Vault pantries

The Southwest Regional Carpenters Council donated 90 crates of food to Long Beach City College’s (LBCC) Viking Vault Pantries on Thursday, February 3.

The LBCC Viking Vault Pantries were created by the Office of Student Health on Liberal Arts and Pacific Coast campuses to provide free nutritious food for students who need to eat on campus or prepare off-campus meals, according to the LBCC.

“LBCC has really stepped up to help our students in need,” LBCCD President Superintendent Mike Muñoz said in a statement. “We welcome this wonderful gift from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters just before the start of the spring semester.”

Also among the donations were 5,000 KN-95 masks for students.

“Many of our students have been negatively impacted by the pandemic,” LBCCD Board Chairman Uduak-Joe Ntuk said in a statement. “We appreciate the generosity of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters. This high-quality food and masks will help ease the burden of hunger for students facing food insecurity and help them be safer this semester.

The food comes from a one-day collaborative food drive between the Postal Service-Cal Fed and the Carpenters Council, which donated non-perishable canned goods and dry goods, according to LBCC.

The Carpenters Council has been collecting food specifically for LBCC students since 2018, Frank Zambrano of the Southwest Regional Carpenters Council said in a statement, noting that many union members have children “struggling in the college system.

“This community is important to the carpenters union,” Zambrano said. “At this college, these students are the future of America. And as Union Carpenters, we are building America. We look forward to continuing to build this partnership with the LBCC and working together to support the needs of Long Beach City College students and ensure they reach their full potential and achieve their goals.

For those looking for more information on donating non-perishable food, toiletries, or financial assistance, the LBCC Foundation can be contacted at 1-562-938-4134 or Student Health Services at 1-562-938-3032.

Elna M. Lemons