Morgan State University announced the launch of a new Food Resource Center on its Baltimore campus, aiming to relieve students of hunger and food insecurity through food collection and distribution.
The new center — which will provide students in need with a centralized location to receive food resources with the use of their student ID — will be housed in the Morgan Business Center and overseen by the Division of Student Affairs.
“Food insecurity is a big issue on college campuses across America, often becoming a critical barrier to student success,” said MSU President David Wilson. “So, I’m pleased to see the level of engagement from our student leaders in identifying this need and bringing it to the attention of the administration along with a plan of action.
“It is truly magnificent to see how quickly we were able to come together as faculty, staff and students to address this issue on our campus head-on, and in a manner that is going to make a tangible difference in students’ lives,” Wilson said. “This is how a community comes together; this is indicative of ‘the Morgan Way.'”
The Morgan Class of 1969 donated $29,500 and Wilson personally donated $500 to help get things started. A drop-off box has been set up in each of Morgan State’s schools and colleges to collect food donations.
Organizers of the plan also intend to educate members of the campus community about healthy food-related strategies and methods such as meal prepping, familiarity with nutritional value, and proper food selection.