Roane State’s Food Pantry On-the-Go returns to Knox County on Feb. 2

Roane State’s new “Food Pantry On-the-Go” is addressing food insecurity among students during the pandemic. The mobile food pantry’s next event is set for Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at the Knox County Center for Health Sciences in Knoxville. These events are made possible by a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund.

The mobile pantry will be set up in the Student Lounge from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET. Roane State students from any of the college’s nine campuses will have the opportunity to shop – for free – for a wide variety of non-perishable and microwavable food items.

The first Food Pantry On-the-Go event was held in October 2020 and received positive feedback from participants. These mobile events are the latest effort by the college to help students who may have food insecurity issues that have only increased due to COVID-19.

Even prior to the pandemic, statistics showed that at least 40 percent of college students experienced some form of food insecurity. Roane State has made concerted efforts to address that problem, including significant in-house food pantries at the college’s three largest campuses – in Roane County, Cumberland County and Oak Ridge.

Spring 2021 semester courses will begin on Tuesday, January 19. With many students continuing to learn from home, organizers hope mobile events will help make the pantries even more accessible.

Roane State’s Knox County Center for Health Sciences is located at 132 Hayfield Road in Knoxville. Questions about the college’s food pantries can be emailed to [email protected]. Additional details are posted at roanestate.edu/foodpantry.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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