By Riley Holcraft
The Feed, Volunteer State Community College’s food pantry, has announced a food drive from Jan. 29 – Feb. 8 that includes a friendly competition between two teams.
The Hunger Games is a battle between two districts, Red and Blue. At orientation, students and faculty were divided into the teams to compete to end the Hunger Games. Students and faculty are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods such as peanut butter, condiments, macaroni, or canned soup to help their team.
At the Vol State basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, the winner will be revealed. Dr. Jerry Faulkner, president of Vol State, will appear at halftime wearing a red or blue shirt to represent the winning team.
Students are encouraged to compete with their friends and to wear their team’s color at the game.
Twenty-five percent of community college students have food insecurities, according to the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness. Vol State is working to eliminate this problem on their campus.
Lori Miller, administrative assistant in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, has been an instrumental part in establishing the food drive.
“We are only one semester in, but we’ve seen over 4,000 units distributed out of the Feed and over 200 students have visited,” said Miller.
“It makes a big difference for the students that visit. Not having to worry about a meal allows them to focus better and do what they need to do as students,” said new volunteer Jennifer McMillion, an English professor at Vol State.
The Feed is located in Ramer 151. If students or faculty are interested in participating in any way at The Feed, they can contact Lori Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.