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The community supporting our students. Thanksgiving 2014.

2015 Turkey Voucher Distribution

Student Government Association President Alex Dominguez and Student Pantry Coordinator Gabby Caraballo receive turkey vouchers from California Water Service.

Here is a draft blog post from last year that was not published.  Enjoy!

Just in time for Thanksgiving last year, our Student Government Association worked with Senator Jean Fuller and the California Water Service to distribute vouchers for free Thanksgiving turkeys to students through the Renegade Pantry.

Senator Fuller said of the program “To say ‘thanks’ for all of this year’s blessings, I partnered with California Water Service again to distribute 100 Thanksgiving turkey vouchers throughout each county within the 18th Senate District to benefit needy families, veterans, homeless persons, and the elderly. Special thanks to California Water Service for its generosity and all of the other partners who assisted me in the distribution.”

Bakersfield College was pleased to participate in the annual program, and support our needy students and their families with the main part of their holiday meal!

BC Renegade Pantry Fundraises with United Way

Donations to Renegade Pantry

Della Hodson, Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Kern County, Liz Peisner, Dalton Martino, and Shelby Sward.

On Thursday evening, May 15, the United Way of Kern County’s Women’s Leadership Council hosted an event at The Mark, to benefit the BC Renegade Pantry. KCCD Associate Vice Chancellor Dr. Michele Bresso opened the presentation with remarks, and Director of Student Life Dr. Elizabeth Peisner was asked to share some highlights of the BC Renegade Pantry, our proposed expansion of services, and the benefits to our students in need.

We were joined by SGA President, Ms. Shelby Sward, and Renegade Pantry Coordinator, Mr. Dalton Martino, who met with members of the community to share their insights about the Pantry.

Faculty and staff from BC, including Ms. Shohreh Rahman, were in attendance.

Other highlights of the evening included about 100 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items donated to the Pantry, and nearly $500. was raised in one night, all to benefit BC students in need.

The partnership began because The Renegade Pantry was the featured community project of United Way of Kern County’s Women’s Leadership Council. To drive home the impact of hunger, attendees answered a questionnaire as an icebreaker, filled with information about hunger in America, food banks on college campuses, BC stats about our students, and the history of our Renegade Pantry.

Community leaders in attendance requested to partner with BC, the Office of Student Life, and the Renegade Pantry, for upcoming donation drives, including Macy’s – Bakersfield.

Many thanks to United Way of Kern County CEO Della Hodson, for reaching out to Bakersfield College in partnership to benefit our students!

Plz join me and SGA at the Oxfam Hunger Banquet on March 8th, 6:00 p.m. at BC

Hello fellow Renegades:

You were recently invited by our SGA President to attend the Oxfam Hunger Banquet scheduled for this Friday, March 8th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Campus Cafeteria.  I am planning on attending and have been invited to make a few remarks.

The issue they are taking on is Poverty.

We know from our recent economic downturn that many are having financial difficulties to the point of slipping into situational poverty.  Generational poverty continues to impact much of American society – even those who may have escaped poverty economically continue to be adversely affected by having grown up in poverty. It is not just the economic barriers that make poverty persist, but especially the intellectual, emotional and sociological effect that poverty has on those who have that experience.

Society has made many efforts to address poverty with varying success, reflected in a shift from declining rates in the 1970s, to fluctuation in the 1990s, to a more recent rising trend in the early 2000s. Poverty is persistent and requires innovative and lasting solutions.  These are essentials that continue to need to be addressed by many entities in our society, including community colleges with the increasing emphasis on student access, success and equity.

So do come and join us. Please bring a colleague, bring your family, bring your friends to event.

With Renegade Pride and Collegiality,

Sonya