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Ole Miss Opens Food Bank for Hungry Students

By Sandra Knispel | Published 25 Nov 2012 10:14pm | comments
Ole Miss graduate student and UM Food Bank committee member Robin Walker (left) helps sophomore Teiandra Campbell select food items. Photo: Robert Jordan, UM Communications

After more and more students admitted to being hungry, a student-led initiative at the University of Mississippi is now trying to tackle the problem head-on. MPB’s Sandra Knispel has more.

“So, I commend our students, this was truly a student-driven effort. They saw the need; they found the answer and we’re truly proud to stand here today to see the doors open wide. So thank you for joining me to celebrate the opening of the Ole Miss Food Bank." [applause]

Brandi Hephner LaBanc is the new Ole Miss Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

“The mission of the Ole Miss food bank is to provide nourishment, end student hunger, and to foster a healthy college community.”

Various student organizations, campus departments, corporations and individuals donated to the new entity, which is housed in Kinard Hall on campus. Here students can walk in, show their Ole Miss ID and then select among canned and dry goods, cereals, personal hygiene items, and washing powder. Within minutes of the ribbon cutting, UM sophomore Teiandra Campbell stopped by.

“I’m in need of a little food right now. My expenses have gotten more than what I can afford so food kind of became the most unnecessary for me, so that I could pay for my bills and stuff. So this actually was great ‘cause I was  considering [going to] The Pantry but this is specifically for students so I thought to come here first.”

Jessica Brouckaert is the student director of the Ole Miss Food Bank.

“We had a lot of students come into the Student Affairs Office about a year ago, looking for food. And we just didn’t have like a sustainable, long-term way to help them. And so our purpose here is to help students achieve academic excellence by giving them food. And I personally did not realize that there were so many students who were going hungry on our campus.”

The Ole Miss Food Bank is modeled after those at the Universities of Arkansas and Georgia.

Sandra Knispel, MPB News, Oxford.

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Ole Miss graduate student and UM Food Bank committee member Robin Walker (left) helps sophomore Teiandra Campbell select food items. Photo: Robert Jordan, UM Communications


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