Allan Hancock College students in need receive food assistance

As college costs rise, more students attending community college say they’re “food insecure.”

That’s why the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is partnering with Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria to provide produce and food through a new program called “Food Share Because We Care.”

The Allan Hancock Foundation puts aside about $500 a month from the budget to buy items like cereal, crackers, popcorn, and other snacks.

“A lot of people don’t exactly have what most people have, you know, speaking financially… Not everyone gets a meal at night and not everyone is able to go out and purchase things that are of the norm,” said Christina Franco, student.

The food is handed out to students on the first and third Thursdays of each month.