A local food pantry is asking for the public's help to restock its shelves.
The student food pantry at Middle Tennessee University has served almost 200 students since it was created in 2012.
Their first drives brought in over 4,000 pounds of food from 90 donors, and they have since given out around 3,000 pounds.
Academic Advisor Becca Seul said that the number of students in need continues to grow.
A lot of students at MTSU have financial aid to come to class and go to school, maybe even to live on campus, but they don't have the extra cash to make sure they are fed.
“We want to give them the tools they need to succeed, and a student going to class hungry isn't focusing on class, so we want to make sure that they are able to do that,” Seul said.
Help is needed to sustain the pantry through the rest of the spring term and into the summer.
“Most of our students will come and grab things they can take to class with them… juices, snack crackers, pudding cups… whatever they can grab and take to class,” Seul explained.
Donations can be made directly to the MTSU food pantry.
It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To view an updated list of what the pantry needs, check out the MTSU Student Food Pantry Web site.
- Oct. 17, 2012: MTSU opens food pantry for students