Services help aid students in times of need

Expenses that come along with attending a college or university can be overwhelming.

Shortly after receiving that much anticipated acceptance letter, a student receives a tuition bill, as well as housing and book expenses.

Sometimes, this can mean struggling to make ends meet for some college students and not always being able to put food on their table.

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and United Way of Eastern New Mexico want to eliminate that stress.

These nonprofit organizations help the residents of Portales and Clovis who struggle with going hungry by providing a free food bank at Central Christian Church of Portales every third Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“All you need is proof of identification to have access to the pantry,” says food bank Executive Director Dianna Sprague. “Just remember, like other food banks, it is first come, first serve.”

But if a student just needs a quick meal in between classes, they can always visit the Community Services Center of Portales. The center prepares and serves nutritious meals to all the public on Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a suggested donation of $2 for ages 60 and over and a $6.50 meal cost for those under the age of 60.

If someone is unable to attend the allotted time for the food bank or Community Services Center, they can also use the United Way help line by dialing 2-1-1, according to Executive Director at United Way of Eastern New Mexico Erinn Burch, who said the call service can also provide help with child care and food stamps.

“This is a nationwide call center,” said Burch. “You can call from anywhere and receive help. For example, if you call from Oklahoma, you will receive help in that area with resources that you can actually benefit from.”

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