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RCTC Food Shelf Remains Much Needed

Posted at: 01/30/2013 6:24 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A Rochester woman is hoping to make a difference with local college students. But instead of filling their heads with knowledge, she's trying to fill their stomachs.

Betty Truitt started a food shelf at RCTC almost two years ago. Now it’s nearly a full time job.

"I put in the average 20-30 hours a week," said Truitt.

Truitt has a special motive that inspired her to help others. She once relied on a food shelf herself as she tried to feed her four children as a single parent.

"I remember the tears like how did this all happen, my children were 7, 5, 3, and I had a new born," said Truitt.

She always promised herself one day she would pay it all back.

Students, like Fartun Elmi, are big supporters of the on campus food shelf.

"It's really important because if I was that student I would like somebody to help me too," said Elmi.

The food shelf is open to anyone with a campus ID.

"If you’re hungry I don't question you," said Truitt.

They have shelves full of non-perishable items here, but Betty's hopes to have a fridge and a freezer to provide more food for students.

"I hope in another month we'll have the perishables here as well which would be so nice."

Betty now grabs any deal she can find to keep the food shelf full. Her way of saying thank you for when she needed help to fill her own.

"I've had people come back and thank me and I've had notes saying thank you, so that's been my reward that I've been able to turn around what's given to me.”

The RCTC food shelf is open the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Donations can be dropped off at various sites around campus.