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Northeast Community College Foundation Receives AWG Cares Award Grant

Northeast Community College Foundation Receives AWG Cares Award Grant

NORFOLK, Neb. — Northeast Community College Foundation is honored to be the recipient of the latest Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) Cares grant request in the amount of $3,000, designated for the student food pantry.

The Northeast Food Pantry serves currently enrolled students at Northeast Community College and students attending the UNMC Norfolk campus, providing vital assistance to meet their food needs.

The grant funds will be used to purchase needed food and toiletries to supply the pantry for the students’ use, according to Gina Krysl, director of Student Care Outreach. 
“We are incredibly grateful for our relationship with AWG and how much they care about our students,” Krysl said. “This grant donation will help us meet some of the food insecurities our students experience. When students’ basic needs are met, they can focus on academic performance which leads to increased graduation rates and higher-paying jobs, better mental health, and over all well-being.”  
Cynthia Puntney, the AWG Administrative Services supervisor of the AWG Nebraska Division Support Center, assisted the Northeast Community College Foundation in submitting this grant request.  
AWG is a strong supporter of the Northeast Food Pantry, consistently providing boxed meals, fresh produce, snacks, and more to students in need. According to Krysl, for the academic year 23-24, there were 690 student visits to the food pantry. This was a significant increase compared to years past.  
The Northeast Community College Foundation supports Northeast students through scholarships, emergency funds, and more. Learn more about how to support student success and initiatives at Northeast Community College by visiting:   

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AWG Cares has donated $3,000 to the Northeast Food Pantry. Shown here (from left) are Bob Miklos, vice president, division manager, AWG Nebraska Division Support Center; Alexis Huisman, mental health counselor, Northeast; Gina Krysl, director of Student Care Outreach/Counselor, Northeast; Cynthia Puntney, administrative services supervisor, AWG Nebraska Division Support Center. (Northeast Community College)