NC State to open food pantry for students
RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A new kind of food pantry is set to open in the Triangle. It's helping a group of hungry people that often goes unnoticed -- college students.
A group of students called "Feed the Pack" said they've seen classmates go hungry, unable able to buy groceries after paying tuition. Now, they're providing some help.
It's all happening inside Harrelson Hall on N.C. State's main campus.
"You're trying to get your education, and you're trying to make it through school," said N.C. State student Monique McLery. "If you don't have enough money to do so, and all the money you have goes to tuition and bills, where do you come up with the money to eat?"
The group just moved into a donated university room. It's a milestone in their months-long effort working with faculty to reach out to hungry classmates, and also faculty and staff.
"We're still getting our volunteers coordinated," said N.C. State student Ellen Furby. "We're going to open for a couple hours a day at first to see what the need is, how many people come. What days are better?"
The group hopes to open the pantry by the end of the month at the peak of the holiday season.
Group leaders said they've already received interest from students who say they need help. Now, volunteers are ready to give back.
"It's amazing just to see the N.C. State community really came together and get this going," said N.C. State student Amanda Dango.
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