Southern Oregon U Opens Food Bank For Students

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A new campus food bank meant to make finding extra meals less of a hassle for hungry, class-hopping Southern Oregon University students is beginning to see use.

"Sometimes with classes it's hard for students to make it out to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank," said coordinator Sophia Mantheakis. "And we're finding that more and more college students are struggling to get by."

In its fourth week, the SOU Food Pantry has served 12 people, most of them a handful of times, and new in-need students are turning up each week, says Mantheakis, the hunger and homelessness alleviation coordinator for SOU's Civic Engagement Program, which runs the pantry.

Only SOU students with valid university identification are served, she said. Community members can donate nonperishable food items to the pantry through a drop box in the Hannon Library on campus, Mantheakis said.

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