Benton Food Pantry steps up to help RLC Adult Education students

BENTON, Ill. (Jan. 30, 2020) — Rend Lake College Adult Education students can find assistance taking the GED this spring thanks to the Benton Food Pantry.

The food pantry has provided a free classroom for GED students in the community, but the assistance doesn’t stop there.

“The food pantry has donors who will help students pay for the $30 fee that is required to take each of the four tests,” said GED instructor Susan Clayton. “Most of my students do not have the funds to take the GED test and this makes it possible for them to do so.”

The pantry also provides snacks and clothing to students who are in need.

“I have several students who walk to class every day. If we see them coming in without warm clothing, the ladies will do their best to supply the students with what they need,” Clayton said.

And if a student doesn’t have a ride to Mt. Vernon to take the tests, pantry volunteers will donate their own resources to make sure the Benton students get to and from the exam. 

“The ladies will volunteer their time and gas to get them there, wait while they test, and bring them back to Benton,” Clayton said.

For more information on Rend Lake College’s Adult Education programs, contact Student Services at 618-437-5321 Ext. 1343 or . The next available GED testing date will be March 23. For more information on the Benton Food Pantry, contact the Benton/West City Ministerial Alliance at 618-927-6270.

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