Tidewater Community College is the recipient of a $2,500 donation from Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, which will assist students facing financial barriers and basic need insecurities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, the largest Medicaid health plan in Virginia, requested that TCC use the funds to purchase hygiene kit items for students who visit the Community Feed at TCC in Norfolk.
TCC and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore partnered to open the food pantry in June.
The pantry, made possible thanks to a $250,000 donation from TowneBank, is located across from the Apple Store on the second level of MacArthur Center. The Community Feed distributes meal kits and other fresh food to students with a TCC ID. Meal kits must be ordered in advance online.
“This sponsorship from Anthem, Inc. will provide basic needs for our most vulnerable student populations,” said Jaedda Hall, program coordinator for the college’s Women’s Center STEM Promise Scholarship program. “The recent COVID-19 pandemic has only further exposed the magnitude of college students struggling to meet their basic needs.”
Addressing food insecurity and other obstacles that impede student success continue to be priorities of TCC.
“Anthem Healthkeepers Plus is pleased to be sponsoring The Community Feed at the Tidewater Community College at $2500 in their efforts to support their women students who are in need of personal hygiene products and other items during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hanna Daminski, marketing coordinator at Anthem Healthkeepers Plus. Our mission is to improve the lives of the people we serve, and we wish the students of The Tidewater Community College a successful school year.”
For information about the Community Feed at TCC and other support services available to TCC students during the pandemic, visit this resource page.