Since opening, the Phil Station Food Pantry has provided groceries, personal hygiene, and infant care items to hundreds of students. However, hunger on campus has continued to rise and is a problematic trend facing many of our students at VHCC and other colleges. In addition to lasting, long-term effects on a student’s health and well-being, food insecurity also impacts retention and timely degree or certification completion. Simply put, students cannot thrive if their basic needs are not being met. Join us as we raise money to ensure all students have access to resources that support their success.
Phil Ferguson, March 2, 1983 - January 15, 2018, filled his 34 years with service to others and with creative output far beyond his years. At this young age, he managed to have achieved legendary status among the many he served in the mountains and valleys of Southwest Virginia, the land he loved. He was a beloved, iconic professor, a devoted husband, son, brother, and friend, and his service to others was inexhaustible. His quirky sense of humor and brilliant, humble mind served VHCC incalculably, but the Arts Array, the HOWL literary journal, the Wolf Grounds Coffee Shop, Creative Writing Day, and the VHCC’s Got Talent! show skim the surface of his contributions. His fingerprints are all over our campus and community; Phil was among the best friends VHCC will ever have, and his memory lives on in this food bank. Not only would Phil approve of this effort to provide food for our VHCC community, but he would have been building and stocking shelves. Let’s do that for him and our students.
~Patricia Tymon, Professor of English, VHCC
Phil Station Assistance Request
The Phil Station offers free food, groceries and essential items to actively enrolled VHCC students experiencing food insecurity. Please fill out this form to request assistance.