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Georgia university filling the stomachs of students in need

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

On the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University there is a closet filled with food ranging from cheerios to canned goods, ready to fill the stomachs of students in need.  

"They may not realize what kind of situation they are in right now and us providing some meals for them can certainly help them in other ways not necessarily providing money towards food but maybe help them pay some of their other bills," said Josh Curtin, food pantry organizer.  

Joshua Curtin spearheaded the effort to create the on-campus food pantry to help students who run out of meals on their meal plan, or who cannot afford food. 

He says the goal of higher education is to feed the mind, but the body must also be fed.

"As you can see we have some cans and some baked goods and breakfast items and what not, it's an opportunity to get a good meal and it's all sponsored through the GSW community The feed the future food bank program is modeled after other food banks at other colleges and universities across the U.S.

"I kind of mirrored the Kennesaw State University program and it's called the same exact thing so they had a lot of success with it, so they kind of gave me some parameters and guidelines and I said "hey we need to do it here at GSW," said Curtin.

GSW student and food pantry volunteer Lauren Miller sees the need for the program.

"Just to help the students on campus, there is the need there and if students are in need we definitely need to help them out, there is always things to be done and you should get involved," said Lauren Miller, GSW student.

Donations are needed now as the semester winds down and students tend to run short on money.

"So we kind of anticipate that we are going to see a lot more students here, so as the program begins to expound and students hear about it, that's when we anticipate, but we want to be ready, so we're still stoking our shelves,' said Curtin.  

To make a donation call 229-931-2337

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