What are you looking for?

Home News 2016 Clark Atlanta University Partners with Lowery Institute to End Hunger Among College Students

Clark Atlanta University Partners with Lowery Institute to End Hunger Among College Students

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mario Boone
404-880-8558
404-987-0949 (cell)
mboone@cau.edu

ATLANTA (November 17, 2016)    Tucked away in a second floor office of Clark Atlanta University’s Thomas W. Cole Research Center is the headquarters for a small organization making a huge impact on college students in Atlanta.  The Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights is waging a quiet battle to stamp out hunger on college campuses throughout the Atlanta University Center (AUC). 

It's a problem most people are not even aware of, students working toward their education who lack enough money to buy food.  Blake Osborne has the huge task of trying to meet the needs of these students as the Institute's operations manager.  

Osborne and his fellow "change agents," students from CAU, Morehouse College and Spelman College, distribute food bags to 25 students every week.  But they have to turn away another 200 hungry students every month because there's not enough food in Mimi's Pantry at the Institute to meet the growing need.      

"There is no easy way to describe the hole this places in your heart," said Osborne.  "To know that each week as the requests come in you will be forced to turn away a large portion of them.”

The Institute is holding a stock the pantry drive Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to replenish its shelves. Donors may drop off non-perishable food items in two locations on campus: suite 2035 in the Thomas Cole building and outside room 103 in the Carl and Mary Ware building.  You may also contact the Institute directly to contribute at 404.524.8406.

The Institute was founded in 2001 during the planning for the 80th birthday celebration for civil rights icon, Dr. Joseph E. Lowery.  His family and friends wanted to ensure Dr. Lowery’s legacy of fighting for social justice for all people and non-violent advocacy would continue long after he is no longer here.

Category: Students
Keywords: Mimi's Pantry