BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — With the summer break approaching, for some students that means it will be harder for them to eat. The Southern University Law Center and Ascension Parish primary schools introduced a students-helping-students movement.
It is no secret that child hunger is an issue in the state of Louisiana. Two organizations want to help but also get students involved.
“We want to emphasize the importance of giving back and what better way than to start with the youth, ” said Keirra Moore, vice president of Sports and Entertainment Legal Association.
“There are many children within the state of Louisiana that need assistance and so we know that some of those students are in Ascension parish and so whenever we can have an opportunity, afforded an opportunity to give and to share our resources, that’s what we do,” said Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Ascension Parish A. Denise Graves.
Southern University Law Center student organizations sponsored a food drive with the Ascension Parish primary schools, asking all students to donate food.
“We are educating our students not to just learn academic work but to learn how to be great citizens,” explained Sandra Alfred, the principal at Dutchtown Primary School.
Over 2,000 pounds of food went to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. They say their goal was to help as many children as possible eat over the summer.
“Nineteen hundred meals that will be provided for us to distribute back into our eleven parish jurisdiction,” said Seth Hatsfelt, chief operations officer of Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
The students who donated the most food were able to enjoy a pizza party sponsored by Expert Maintenance & Construction Services, L.L.C. If you are in need of food over the summer, the Greater Baton Rouge Food bank asks that you download their app to find a local food pantry near you.
To download the app, click here.