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OJC Press Release ID: 2984

Thursday, December 19, 2019

OJC Donates to Food Pantry on Campus


On Friday Dec. 13 Otero Junior College held its annual all staff holiday party. Each year during December, employees of Otero Junior College embrace the spirit of giving by pooling their resources in support of a silent auction. Several OJC employees participated and bid on a wide variety of items donated for the auction. This year, the proceeds from the auction were designated to the new Food Pantry on campus.

Kimi Kelley, instructor at Otero Junior College, opened a food pantry this year in the hallway of the Humanities building for students who are in need. It is anonymous and available for all. Kelley has a passion for helping students and a generous spirit.

This year $1,109.50 was raised in the silent auction. Kelley will be able to use this money throughout the year to make sure the food pantry is stocked.

Dillon Martin, OJC Foundation director explained, “The Foundation is incredibly excited to be able to partner with the Holiday Party Committee to expand the food pantry we have just begun to offer for our students. Our vision behind it is to make sure all students have the all their needs met so that they can succeed.”

Kim Juul, testing and law enforcement academy operations coordinator, said, “This has been a great experience and I am so humbled by everyone’s generosity. The people at OJC opened their hearts and wallets to ensure that the students will be able to focus on their studies and not where their next meal is coming from. We hope those in need will find our donations helpful this Christmas season.”

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Kimi Kelley, instructor at Otero Junior College, is the founder of OJC’s Food Pantry. During this year’s holiday party, OJC staff and faculty donated to a silent auction fund to support the food pantry located in the Humanities building on campus. Non-perishable food was also collected.