A recent study on students and food insecurity found that students often face the choice of sacrificing food and housing in order to stay in school.

Consider this: A student with the most financial need is often left with an average student loan debt amount of around $150,000. That number is just for tuition. Imagine the added costs of transportation, housing, supplies and food.

Now imagine trying to balance the fears of how to pay for the education with successfully navigating college and doing well in class.

The Lansing Community College Foundation board of directors are hosting the 2018 Holiday Open House on Dec. 5 with the goal of raising $10,000 to purchase 1,000 food cards for LCC students who have disclosed food insecurities to either a faculty member or adviser. The cards will be for use on campus in the food court to make sure that students don’t have the burden of not knowing where their next meal is coming from.

Just $10 buys one food card for a student. Helping one student for an entire year would mean a contribution of $1,040.

The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the Michigan Room and the Grand Room inside the Gannon Building and will feature a cash bar, free buffet, a silent auction with mostly sports memorabilia, a Vespa, a spa package and some vacation packages.

For more information about the 2018 Holiday Open House, contact Steve Slocum at (517) 483-1988 or visit to learn more about the evening’s auction items.


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