COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for Women continues to do its part to fight food insecurity.
The Zeta Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing recently raised $2,685 to help support the OWL Food Pantry.
Leigh Anne Puckett, associate professor, Tupelo RN to BSN Nursing, said nearly 100 students participated in the community service project that originally was planned to end Oct. 8, but it was extended to Oct. 19 because there were so many students who wanted to donate.
“The MUW RN to BSN faculty and students, along with Dr. Tammie McCoy, the dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at The W, and Dr. Maria Scott, the chair of the BSN Nursing Department, provided monetary donations and food items to help stock the Owl Pantry in honor of Sigma Founder’s Day, which was Oct. 5,” Puckett said. “As soon as I made the announcement to the students, they immediately began making donations. Their generosity continued throughout the entire campaign.”
Students are required to complete 45 community service points while in the RN/BSN program. The Zeta Rho Chapter of Sigma wanted to provide an opportunity for students to earn those points by joining the fight against food insecurity among college students.
Students did their part by providing monetary donations as well as donating food items that were collected in the Tupelo office and delivered to the food pantry.
“Students were so excited to donate to a cause that they were unaware was such an issue nationwide across all college campuses,” Puckett said. “Many students gave above and beyond their community service points requirement for the program.”
According to an article in Forbes earlier this year, a fall 2019 survey of nearly 167,000 students nationwide found that 39% of students at two- or four-year schools had experienced food insecurity in the last 30 days. Temple University’s Hope Center for College, Community and Justice conducted the annual survey and studies basic needs insecurity for college students. In fall 2020, the Hope Center found that 34% of college students experienced food insecurity 30 days prior. Students who had COVID-19 were 1.7 times more likely to experience food insecurity than those who hadn’t been infected with the virus.
“Our main goal is to let the student body know that we want to be a resource to help them in any way we can,” Reed said.
Another campaign to help support the food pantry will be held in the spring and will give students and faculty in the RN to BSN program and in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences a chance to donate to the cause. Food items will be collected in the Tupelo office or individuals who wish to make a financial contribution will be able to donate through this link: https://longblueline.muw.edu/give. Those who donate money are asked to designate it to the OWL Food Pantry.
Those who wish to give to the campaign also can send cash or checks designated to the OWL Food Pantry to the Foundation office at the following address: MUW Foundation 1100 College Street – MUW 1618 Columbus, MS 39701-5800.
The OWL Food Pantry also is accepting donations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The drop off is Cochran Hall 400.
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Nov. 15, 2021
Contact: Adam Minichino