September 15, 2015

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU To Fill A Truck For Hunger Sept. 16-30

Click here to view Valdosta State University Interim President Dr. Cecil P. Staton's message to the campus. 

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University is taking action to fight hunger in the community by accepting Second Harvest of South Georgia’s 2015 Fill-A-Truck Challenge, as originated by Southeastern Credit Union.

Hunger is a devastating health, educational, and economic problem that has plagued this area for decades. With September being National Hunger Action Month, now is the time for VSU faculty, staff, students, and friends to make a difference in the lives of the 1 in 4 South Georgians who do not know from where their next meal will come, many of them children who are too hungry to learn.  

Collection bins are located in the Student Union, the University Center, the Student Recreation Center, the Health Sciences and Business Administration Building, the Odum Library, Nevins Hall, and each of the residence halls, as well as outside the Office of the President in West Hall.

Second Harvest of South Georgia, the second largest food bank in the state, is in need of all nonperishable food items, particularly dry soup, rice, canned or powdered milk, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna, canned meats, stew, soup, pasta, and fruit juices.

Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, Sept. 30.  

If each person on campus donates just four items, VSU will reach its goal of filling an entire semi-truck.

On the Web:

Hunger Facts

• One in three children in South Georgia lives in a home where having enough food is a struggle every day. That’s 56,000 children in the region who may go to bed hungry tonight.

• One in four people (all ages) in South Georgia does not know where he or she will get his or her next meal. Termed “food insecurity,” this inability to access affordable, nutritious food conveniently is a daily struggle for more than 16,000 citizens in the area.

• In terms of poverty and food insecurity, the 30-county South Georgia area has the highest rates in the state and among the highest rates in the nation.

Source: Second Harvest of South Georgia



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