Highline's food pantry is necessary
Letter to the Editor
This is in response to your opinion article on food pantry at Highline.
While the article addresses a concern on growing cost of living and other parameters, it totally overshadows the change/difference this pantry is making at so many levels. In a government college that invites people from all walks of lif pursue an education, this addition/service makes absolute sense.
Sometimes the benefit of a provision far outweighs the reason for its existence. The difference you make by supporting fair/needy students here beats the disadvantages of waiting a change in the broader society you suggest/seek.
Imagine a student with no blue-collar professional degree, working multiple jobs to meet bills and college tuition, who either has no extra money for food/snack, or has no time to go home and cook/pack something to school. Well fed bodies and brains think/work better. There are many who come to college straight from job/red-eye shifts. Highline food pantry is a positive ally to the kind, and college management by supporting this cause is strengthening its core goal of educating students to the best of their ability.
This is a great model of not sitting idle waiting/pondering over big idealistic changes in society. As part of that very society, we instead addressed the clear problem and set an example, even if our Band-aid solution is as small as the effort in the starfish story. It made a world of difference to that one starfish, and that COUNTS.
— Jaya Kona,