OCC’s food bank, Pirates’ Cove, officially reopened in person on Nov. 1 on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. in Room 108 in the Journalism building.
Pirates' Cove has been operating remotely throughout the pandemic, supplying students with food through drive-thru pickups.
Lockdown significantly affected Pirates' Cove. Tuan Vo, the Pirates' Cove coordinator, hopes that reopening in person will help the Cove return to pre-pandemic normalcy.
“Before [COVID-19] we would get on average 300 students a day. One day we got up to 600 students visiting the Pirates’ Cove,” Vo said. “Now we get less than 80 students a week.”
Vo wants all students and faculty to know that Pirates’ Cove is there to support students in all ways.
“Our goal is to slowly open up and be a part of student life and success,” Vo said.
Pirates’ Cove is not limited to only supplying groceries. They also supply meals and hygiene necessities.
Reservations are not required – all students are welcome. Pirates’ Cove just asks that you bring a photo identification.
Pirates' Cove aims to destigmatize the negative stereotypes surrounding food banks to help the most students possible.
“We want to provide and restore dignity within our students because it is hard to ask for help,” Vo said.