The Bergen student government association.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergen Community College student government association used soup to bring warmth to the winter season for those in need during the week of “Giving Tuesday” Dec. 3. Ultimately, a soup drive supported by students, faculty and staff that delivered 187 cans to the Center for Food Action pantry at the College.

“I am very proud of the students who exceeded last year’s soup can donations,” Student Life Club Coordinator Joli Nelson said.

Temple University and Wisconsin Hope Lab researchers estimate 42 percent of community college students face hunger or “food insecurity,” defined as lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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