First-year students in this fall's first year seminar on Global Poverty and Charitable Giving invite you to join their campaign to end hunger and food insecurity on the Salem State University campus.
Working to raise money to support the Salem State University food pantry, students in the seminar have set a goal to raise $500 but would love to see that number doubled or even tripled. Any amount helps to provide food and toiletries for students in need.
Victoria Couillard (nursing, class of 2022) believes strongly in informing people about this issue. "It's important to know that there are a lot of students on campus who have food insecurity. Supporting this campaign helps provide food and supplies for those in need and raises awareness that people in our own community are struggling."
A recent survey about hunger and/or housing insecurities found that 38% of Salem State students are food insecure and 36% of Salem State students are housing insecure. Sage Grant (undeclared, class of 2022) said that this campaign is about "students helping students...We want to show that we have a caring community here at Salem State University and show our respect for, not judge, people who need support and resources."
How can you help? Spread the word about the campaign, ask your friends and family to share the campaign on their own social media networks, and consider making a donation - every little bit helps! Whether it's giving up your coffee fix for a day and donating $5 or giving more if you're able you can be a part of making a difference.
First year seminars are innovative courses at Salem State University that build upon the passions of faculty and designed to help first-year students not only transition to college but explore academic topics and themes they are interested in. The seminar on Global Poverty and Charitable Giving was originally designed by professor Vanessa Ruget in political science and is being taught this semester by professor Mary-Kay Miller in world languages and cultures. For more information about first year seminars contact the First Year Experience office at 978.542.6416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Salem Sate food pantry is open for drop-in visits on the Ellison Campus Center, first floor across from career services. For more information on the food pantry contact the LEAD office, 978.542.6506.
Mathew R Chetnik