How to Help

The instantaneous outpouring of support for College students, faculty, and staff in the face of our community’s rapidly evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been truly amazing. We have been inundated with questions about how you can help support students and the campus community during this unprecedented time.

Supporting Our Students (SOS) Fund

The College has created a special fund where financial contributions can be directed in support of students. Gifts made to the newly created “Supporting Our Students Fund” (SOS Fund) will support immediate student needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gifts received will be used to help cover expenses such as students traveling home, shipping costs for clothes and other belongings, books, supplies and equipment needed to support distance learning, storage and holistic health care and any other unanticipated expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic.

Make a gift to the SOS Fund online.

Food Pantry

In response to challenges arising from the COVID-19 outbreak, a coalition of Grinnell residents representing MICA, Imagine Grinnell, Tiger Packs, Local Foods Connection, The Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Grinnell College, our local churches and schools have come together to collect donations that will be used to purchase food and sundries for folks in our community. Donations will increase the food supply for area residents through funding vouchers for area residents that will be used to purchase food at local grocery stores.

Vouchers will be given to community partners such as MICA, The Grinnell Ministerial Association, and the Grinnell-Newburg School district. These partners work directly with residents facing food insecurity and will distribute the vouchers in accordance with their own protocols. Items will be stored in a safe and sanitary location and allocated to various community partners who are already distributing resources to those who need extra support during this time. Any funds left after our COVID-19 response efforts will be donated to Mid Iowa Community Action.

Tax deductible contributions may be made online or sent via US mail to: Local Foods Connection @ PO Box 719, Grinnell, IA 50112 Attn: COVID-19 Response.

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