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Student Life leading effort to feed the hungry

October 7, 2003

For decades, Austin Peay students, faculty and staff have hushed the rumble of empty stomachs with a quick trip to Morgan University Center. Soon, they will have the opportunity to do the same for Montgomery County residents in need.

APSU ‘Can Provide, a canned food drive sponsored by the Student Life and Leadership Office, begins Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the Morgan University Center.
October 7, 2003

For decades, Austin Peay students, faculty and staff have hushed the rumble of empty stomachs with a quick trip to Morgan University Center. Soon, they will have the opportunity to do the same for Montgomery County residents in need.

“APSU ‘Can' Provide,” a canned food drive sponsored by the Student Life and Leadership Office, begins Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the Morgan University Center.

“We decided it was time students and organizations had an opportunity collectively to give back to the Clarksville community. We realize families are hungry more than twice a yearThanksgiving and Christmas,” says Blanche Wilson, director of student life and leadership.

Through donations from students, faculty, staff and student organizations, Wilson and her staff hope to collect two cans of food per APSU student, or 14,000 cans, by the end of the academic year. The food will be donated to Urban Ministries.

Volunteer Bobbie Gossett estimates Urban Ministries provides a three-day supply of food to 25-35 families per week. With families ranging in size from two to 12 people, the organization needs as many donations as possible.

“[The donations from APSU] will help us out an enormous amount,” says Executive Director of Urban Ministries Linda Wall. “Some of the schools that usually sponsor food drives for us during this time of year are not. During the winter months we will probably run short of food.”

Chief Justice Ashley Watson of the Student Government Association will position donation receptaclesBeech Oil drums decorated as large canned goodsoutside Java City in the University Center.

Community volunteer Bill Roberts of Bill Roberts Automotive, 800 College Street, Clarksville, will transport the goods to Urban Ministries.

“By working together, we can accomplish any goal,” says Watson. “The community is always giving to APSU, so now we can give back to the community.”

For further information regarding the canned food drive, telephone 7431.
Terry Stringer