BCBS Donates to WCC Pantry - Wayne Community College | Goldsboro, NC

BCBS Donates to WCC Pantry

November 14, 2022

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBS) was so impressed with Wayne Community College’s effort to stem student food insecurity that it contributed to the project.

Blue Cross NC has been conducting an “Extra Miles Tour” to meet with community leaders who are collaborating on solutions to improve the health and well-being of all North Carolinians.

One of the initiatives discussed during the tour’s stop in Wayne County was the college’s Bison Pantry which provides students with food as well as household and hygiene items. That venture impressed Blue Cross NC personnel, according to Blue Cross NC Community Engagement and Marketing Activation Director Cheryl Parquet.

“You all have so much to be proud of, and we had a great time learning about the healthcare initiatives happening across the county,” Parquet said. “As we embark on this tour to visit counties across NC, we also want to support great programs and institutions through charitable donations. We’d like to make a $5,000 contribution to Wayne Community College to support the Bison food pantry.”

Case Manager Maggie Crandall and Counseling and Clinical Services Director Melanie Jenkins (right to left) give a bag of items from the college’s Bison Pantry to a student. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina contributed $5,000 to the pantry.

That gift “should cover at least a year,” said WCC Case Manager Maggie Crandall, who manages the pantry.

She sets out food in a “pop up pantry” for those needing breakfast or lunch each day plus supplies boxes of food for students’ families and special bags for holiday meals.

Crandall said the pantry is serving five to seven students daily and more for holidays.

“It is a very utilized service. There are a lot of students in need,” she said.

“What we are giving them is not just snacks, but also brain food,” Crandall said. She noted that she is careful about special needs such as allergies or dietary restrictions to ensure that no one is excluded.

Crandall can be reached at 919-739-6756 orimlcrandall@waynecc.edu.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) is committed to making health care better, simpler, and more affordable. We have been driving better health in North Carolina since 1933, working to tackle our communities’ greatest health challenges. Blue Cross NC serves its customers and communities of more than 4.2 million members, including approximately 1.1 million on behalf of other Blue Plans. Blue Cross NC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit Blue Cross NC online at www.bluecrossnc.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

About Wayne Community College
Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves 10,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 165 college credit programs. WCC’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.